Photos of Petasites japonicus, Japanese Butterbur

Petasites japonicus, Petasites japonicus 'Variegatus', Japanese Butterbur, Fuki 蜂斗菜 is commonly grown in American horticulture. The leaves were eaten in China and Japan. The aromatic-bitter flowerbuds are eaten raw or cooked in Japan; also as a treatment for asthma. The name butterbur come from a long-standing folk tradition of using the leaves to wrap butter. The name Petasites comes from the Greek for umbrella or broad-brimmed hat. The leaves are called fuki in Japan.

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