Medicinal plants of the month November
This plant belongs to the family of Primulaceae. It originates from Asia, but is an invasive species in some other countries, e.g. the United States. It is widely used as ornamental plant. Identified ingredients include the aglycon Ardisicrenogenin and several ardisicrenosides (saponins).
Several substances isolated from the root show cytotoxic activities in human cancer cell lines.