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Chinese Herb Gallery


The Chinese Herb Gallery is a collection of photographs of herb plants used in Chinese medicine with their major medicinal actions and comments on cultivation and harvesting. Multiple photos of herbs reflect seasonal variations, specific plant parts for identification, and acceptable species variants for medicinal use.

The gallery photos are from out own personal collection and from other public domain sources. Please contact us at info@jadeinstitute.com if you have photos to share, or if you would like to reproduce our photos elsewhere.

Plant information comes from personal experience, and the following resources:

A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, American Horticultural Society, 2004, DK Publishing
Chinese Herbal Materia Medica, Bensky, Clavey, and Stoger, 2008, Eastland Press
Colored Atlas Compendium of Materia Medica, Liansheng Shen, 1998, Huaxia Publishing House
Food Plants of China, Shiu-ying Hu, 2005, Chinese University Press
The Garden Plants of China, Peter Valder, 1999, Florilegium Press
Herbal Emissaries: Bringing Chinese Herbs to the West, Steven Foster 1992 Healing Arts Press
Medicinal Plants in China, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine,1997, WHO
Plants for a Future: Edible and Useful Plants, Ken Fern, 1997, Permanent Publications

The following sources are recommended for high quality medicinal herb seeds and plants:
Crimson Sage Nursery: http://www.medicinalherbplants.com
Forestfarm: http://www.forestfarm.com
Horizon Herbs: http://www.horizonherbs.com

Click here to veiw list alphbetically by Chinese Names
Click here to veiw list alphbetically by Common Names

Chinese Name (pinyin) Common Name Botanical Name
Niu Xi Achyranthis root Achyranthis bidentata
Fu Zi Aconite root, Monkshood Aconitum carmichaeli
Huo Xiang Agastache, Korean mint Agastache rugosa
Xian He Cao Agrimony Agrimonia pilosa
Ba Yue Zha Akebia fruit Akebia trifoliata
Mu Tong Akebia vine Akebia trifoliata
He Huan Hua Silk tree flower, Albizia flower, Mimosa Albizia julibrissin
He Huan Pi Silk tree bark, Albizia bark, Mimosa Albizia julibrissin
Ze Xie Alisma rhizome, Water plantain Alisma orientalis
Cong Bai Scallion, Spring onion Allium fistulosum
Bai Zhi Angelica root Angelica dahurica
Du Huo Pubescent angelica root Angelica pubescens
Dang Gui Angelica root (Chinese) Angelica sinensis
Chen Xiang Aquilaria wood, Aloeswood Aquilaria sinensis
Bing Lang Areca, Betal nut Areca catechu
Tian Nan Xing Arisaema rhizome, Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema amurense
Dan Nan Xing Arisaema rhizome prepared, Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema amurense
Ai Ye Mugwort leaf, Artemesia Artemesia argyi
Qing Hao Sweet wormwood, Sweet annie Artemisia annua
Zi Wan Aster root, Purple aster, Tatarian aster Aster tartaricus
Huang Qi Astragalus, Milk-vetch root Astragalus membranaceus
Zhu Ru Bamboo shavings Bambusa tuldoides
She Gan Belamcanda rhizome Belamcanda chinensis
Dong Gua Ren Wintermelon seed, Wax gourd seed Benincasa hispida
Dong Gua Pi Wintermelon rind, Wax gourd rind Benincasa hispida
Bai Ji Bletilla rhizome Bletilla striata
Cha Ye Tea leaf Camillia sinensis
Hong Hua Safflower, Carthamus Carthamus tinctorius
Jue Ming Zi Cassia seeds, Sicklepod Cassia obtusifolia
Ji Guan Hua Cockscomb flower Celosiae cristata
Lu Jiao Deer antler Cervus elaphus
Gui Ban Fresh water turtle, Testudinis Chinemys reevesii
Ye Ju Hua Wild chrysanthemum flower Chrysanthemum indicum
Ju Hua Chrysanthemum flower Chrysanthemum multiflorum
Sheng Ma Cimicifuga, Bugbane, Blach Cohioh Cimicifuga heracleifolia
Da Ji Large thistle Cirsium japonicum
Zhi Shi Unripe bitter orange Citrus aurantium
Fo Shou Finger citron fruit, Buddha's hand Citrus medica sarcodactylis
Dang Shen Codonopsis root, Bonnet bellflower Codonopsis pilosula
Yi Yi Ren Coix, Job's tears Coix lacryma-jobi
Dong Chong Xia Cao Cordyceps, Chinese caterpillar fungus Cordyceps sinensis
Yan Hu Suo Corydalis rhizome Corydalis yanhusuo
Shan Zha Crataegus fruit, Hawthorne fruit, Chinese haw Crataegus pinnatifida
Chan Tui Cicada moulting Cryptotympana pustulata
Tu Si Zi Cuscuta, Chinese dodder seeds Cuscuta chinensis
Xiang Fu Cyperus, Nut-grass, Purple nutsedge Cyperus rotundus
Shi Hu Dendrobium Dendrobium nobile
Qu Mai Dianthus, Fringed pink Dianthus superbus
Long Yan Rou Longan fruit Dimocarpus longan
Shan Yao Dioscorea, Chinese yam Dioscorea batata
Shi Di Persimmon calyx, Kaki Diospyros kaki
Xu Duan Dipsacus, Japanese teasel root Dipsacus, asperoides
Ma Huang Ephedra Ephedra intermedia
Yin Yang Huo Epimedium, Barrenwort Epimedium grandiflorum
E Jiao Donkey-hide gelatin, Ass-hide glue Equus asinus
Pi Pa Ye Loquat leaf, Eriobotrya Eriobotrya japonica
Du Zhong Eucommia bark Eucommia ulmoides
Pei Lan Eupatorium Eupatorium fortunei
Qian Shi Euryale seed, Fox nut Euryale ferox
Ci Wu Jia Siberian ginseng, Eleuthero Eutherococcus sentincosus
Xiao Hui Xiang Fennel seed Foeniculum vulgaris
Lian Qiao Forsythia fruit Forsythia suspensa
Chuan Bei Mu Sichuan fritillaria bulb Fritillaria chirrhosa
Zhe Bei Mu Fritillaria bulb, Thunberg fritillaria Fritillaria thunbergii
Zhi Zi Gardenia fruit, Cape jasmine fruit Gardenia jasminoides
Ge Jie Gecko Gekko gecko
Bai Guo Ginkgo nut, Maidenhair tree Ginkgo biloba
Zao Jiao Ci Gleditisia thorn Gleditsia sinensis
Bei Sha Shen Glehnia root Glehnia littoralis
Dan Dou Chi Prepared soybean Glycine max
Jiao Gu Lan Gynostemma, Sweet tea vine Gynostemma phentaphyllum
Sha Ji Sea buckthorn fruit, Swallow thorn Hippophae rhamnoides
Bai Mao Gen Imperata rhizome, Woolley grass Imperata cylindrica
Xuan Fu Hua Inula flower Inula japonica
Ban Lan Gen Isatis root, Woad root Isatis indigotica
Da Qing Ye Isatis leaf, Woad leaf Isatis indigotica
Hu Tao Ren Walnut Juglans regia
Yi Mu Cao Motherwort (Chinese) Leonurus artemisia
Chong Wei Zi Leonuras fruit Leonurus heterophyllus
Nu Zhen Zi Ligustrum, Chinese privet Ligustrum lucidum
Bai He Lily bulb Lilium lancifolium
Li Zhi He Lychee nut Litchi chinensis
Zi Cao Lithospermum, Groomwell root Lithospermum erythrorhizon
Jin Yin Hua Honeysuckle flower, Lonicera Lonicera japonica
Ren Dong Teng Honeysuckle vine, Lonicera vine Lonicera japonica
Si Gua Lou Luffa, Loofah, Smooth luffa Luffa cylindrica
Gou Qi Zi Lycium fruit, Chinese wolfberry, Matrimony vine Lycium barbarum
Di Gu Pi Lycium bark, Wolfberry root cortex, Matrimony vine Lycium barbarum
Ze Lan Lycopos, Bugleweed Lycopus lucidus
Xin Yi Hua Magnolia flower, Lily tree Magnolia denudata
Hou Po Magnolia bark Magnolis officinalis
Dong Kui Zi Mallow seed, Cluster mallow seed Mallow verticilata
Bo He Mentha, Field mint Mentha haplocalyx
Sang Ye White mulberry leaf Morus alba
Sang Bai Pi Mulberry root bark, Morus bark Morus alba
Sang Shen Mulberry, Morus fruit Morus alba
Sang Zhi Mulberry twig, Morus twig Morus alba
Lian Zi Lotus seed Nelumbo nucifera
Lian Zi Xin Lotus plumule Nelumbo nucifera
Lian Xu Lotus stamen Nelumbo nucifera
He Ye Lotus leaf Nelumbo nucifera
Mai Men Dong Ophiopogon tuber, Mondo grass Ophiopogon japonicus
Mu Li Oyster shell Ostrea gigus
Bai Shao White peony root Paeonia lactiflora
Mu Dan Pi Moutan, Tree peony Paeonia suffruticosa
Ren Shen Ginseng root Panax ginseng
Xi Yang Shen American ginseng root Panax quinquefolium
Zi Su Ye Perilla leaf, Shiso Perilla frutesens
Su Zi Perilla fruit Perilla frutesens
Huang Bai Pehllodendron bark, Amur cork tree bark Phellodendron amurense
Ban Xia Pinellia rhizome Pinellia ternata
Song Jie Chinese red pine Pinus tabulaeformis
Che Qian Zi Plantago seed Plantago asiatica
Ce Bai Ye Arborvitae, Chinese arborvitae biota Platycladus orientalis
Jie Geng Platycodon, Balloon flower Platycodon grandiflorus
Yu Zhu Polygonatum, Fragrant Solomon's seal rhizome Polygonatum odoratum
He Shou Wu Fleeceflower root, Knotweed root, Fo-ti Polygonum multiflorum
Ye Jiao Teng Fleeceflower caulis Polygonum multiflorum
Zhu Ling Polyporus Polyporus umbellatus
Tao Ren Peach kernal, Persica Prunus persica
Ge Gen Kudzu root, Pueraria Pueraria lobata
Shu Di Huang Prepared rehmannia root Rehmannia glutinosa
Sheng Di Huang Rehmania root, Chinese foxglove Rehmannia glutinosa
Da Huang Rhubarb root and rhizome Rheum officinale
Mei Gui Hua Wild rose Rosa rugosa
Dan Shen Salvia root, Red sage Salvia miltiorrhiza
Di Yu Sanguisorba, Burnet-bloodwort root Sanguisorba officinalis
Wu Wei Zi Schisandra fruit Schisandra chinensis
Xuan Shen Scrofularia, Ningpo figwort root Scrofularia ningpoensis
Huang Qin Scute, Scutellaria, Baical skullcap root Scutellaria baicalensis
Ban Zhi Lian Barbat scullcap, Bearded scutellaria Scutellaria barbata
Hei Zhi Ma Black sesame seed Sesamum indicum
Huai Mi Sophora flower bud, Pagoda tree bud Sophora japonica
Huai Jiao Sophora fruit, Pagoda tree fruit Sophora japonica
Fu Ping Spirodela, Duckweed Spirodela polyrrhiza
Bai Bu Stemona root Stemona sessilifolia
Hua Shi Talcum Talc
Xi He Liu Tamarisk Tamarix chinensis
Pu Gong Ying Dandelion Taraxacum sinicum
Yin Er Tremella fruiting body, Wood ear Tremella fuciformis
Bai Ji Li Tribulus, Puncture-vine fruit Tribulus terrestris
Tian Hua Fen Trichosanthes root, Chinese cucumber, Snakegourd Trichosanthes kirilowii
Gua Lou Trichosanthes fruit, Chinese cucumber, Snakegourd Trichosanthes kirilowii
Gua Lou Pi Trichosanthes fruit peel, Chinese cucumber, Snakegourd Trichosanthes kirilowii
Gua Lou Ren Trichosanthes seed, Chinese cucumber Trichosanthes kirilowii
Bie Jia Chinese soft-shelled turtle Trionyx sinensis
Pu Huang Cattail pollen, Typha pollen, Bulrush Typha angustifolia
Man Jing Zi Vitex fruit Vitex trifolia
Cang Er Zi Xanthium fruit, Cockelburr fruit Xanthium sibiricum
Sheng Jiang Ginger Zingiberis officinale
Da Zao Jujube, Chinese date Ziziphus jujuba