Aletris spicata is a perennial found in areas such as E. Asia - China, Japan. A member of the Liliaceae family, Aletris spicata (Thunb.)Franch does not go by a known (to us) common name. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.3 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Hills and low mountains in C. and S. Japan[58]. Forests, thicket margins, scrub, grasslands, streamsides, roadsides at elevations of 100 - 2900 metres in China[266]., with LM soil and N moisture levels. .

The plant is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of is 1The root is antitussive and vermifuge[218].

Aletris spicata is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by .

The plant has an edibility rating of 1Young leaves - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[179].

Cultivation tips: We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. The plant prefers a damp sunny position in peat, leafmold and sand[1]. Requires a sunny position[200].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Sow the seed thinly to allow the seedlings to be grown on for their first year without potting
them up, but give a liquid feed from time to time to ensure that they do not become nutrient deficient. Prick the young plants out into individual pots the following spring and grow them on in the greenhouse for the next winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring.

Young leaves - cooked. A famine food, used when all else fails[179].