Also known as Magnolia Vine and Five Flavor Berry seed.
Invaluable immune-enhancing and adaptogenic herb from China.
The red berries are chewed, used in cooking, and made into tea to fight stress or disease, strengthen the body, restore mental alertness, enhance sexual vitality, and lift the mood.
Like many woody plants, the seeds need a long period of moist cold before sprouting-full directions included.
BOTANICAL NAME: Schizandra chinensis
Plants are usually either male or female and at least one male is required for every 5 females if fruit is to be produced. Germination of seed can be difficult and erratic. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from August to October. Any pruning is best carried out in the spring. The flowers are sweetly scented. The leaves are also aromatic.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 5-8/Height 8-10'/Spacing 24-36"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Bee Friendly
It prefers a slightly acid rich well-drained but moisture retentive soil, and will tolerate some alkalinity if plenty of organic matter is added. Plants succeed in quite deep shade and are suitable for north-facing walls; does require some protection from the most intense sunlight. Plants are intolerant of drought and require moist soil.
Wu Wei Zi. The only major Chinese tonic herb that is not a root. Modern research has shown these medicinal berries to protect the liver, stimulate the newvous system (speeds reaction time and improves mental clarity), stimulate the uterus, and has adaptogenic properties. It is used in Chinese medicine as a kidney and sexual organ tonic, to protect the liver, to strengthen nervous function, as a blood cleanser, and to "quiet the spirit and calm the heart" (among other benefits).
Be prepared for a taste experience when chewing these berries! Wu wei means "Five-flavored herb" which means that it is sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and hot all at the same time. It is a strong but not unpleasing flavor that most get quite used to.