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    Codonopsis pilosula (党参)
    dangshen1.jpgdangshen2.jpgdangshen3.jpg Codonopsis pilosula (Chinese: 党参; pinyin: dǎngshēn), also known as dang shen or poor man's ginseng, is a perennial species of flowering plant native to Northeast Asia and Korea and usually found growing around streambanks and forest openings under the shade of trees.

    The roots of C. pilosula (radix) are used in traditional Chinese medicine. The roots are harvested from the plant during the third or fourth year of growth and dried prior to sale.

    The plant is shrubby and dense and has a tendency to climb, producing heart shaped leaves, light green five pointed bell shaped flowers with prominent yellow or light purple veins. The plant can grow up to 8-10 feet in height with roots 1-3 cm thick.

    Dried Codonopsis pilosula root The root is also used as a gentler and more economical substitute for Panax ginseng.


    • Codonopsis pilosula var. handeliana - (Chinese: 闪毛党参)
    • Codonopsis pilosula var. modesta - (Chinese: 素花党参)
    • Codonopsis pilosula var. volubilis - (Chinese: 缠绕党参)

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