Originally native to Southeast Asia, Chloranthus erectus (Chloranthus) is a large shrub that can reach heights of 5-10 feet tall, or a smaller plant of around 2-5 feet if pruned. The plant prefers semi-shade but can tolerate direct sunlight, and requires regular water but not too much. It can be grown in USDA zones 8-11.
Chloranthus erectus is primarily grown for its ethnomedical uses. It is a powerful herb and a traditional remedy for treating common and severe diseases, from allergies to cancer. The plant can also be used as a spice or herb for flavoring, with its active ingredients able to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits.
When growing Chloranthus erectus it's important to provide the right environment. The plant prefers semi-shade to direct sunlight, and should be planted in well-draining soil. Water regularly with moderate amounts, allowing the soil to dry out slightly before watering again. In cold climates, containers can be used to bring the plant indoors during winter.