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Chinese Medicinal Plant Trail

24 May 2014 to 7 September 2014

The Traditional Chinese Medicinal Plant Trail focuses on a handful of the 11,000 plant species that have formed part of the traditional Chinese ‘medicine chest’ for over 2,000 years.

Event details: 
Daily throughout the festival during Garden opening hours.

Included with entry to the Gardens

Related festival: 
The roots of the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) have medicinal properties.

The balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) (Photo: Christine Leon)

Medicinal Plants at Kew

Follow the red signs for the Chinese medicinal plant trail

Look out for the red banners. (photo: Christine Leon)


Seek out healing plants used for centuries by millions of people. Find out which plants are making their way into western medicines, and Kew scientists’ role in conserving and authenticating them.

We’ve highlighted 10 plants used in traditional Chinese medicine – look out for bright red banners in the Rock Garden, Woodland Garden, Duke’s Garden and Order Beds and see how many you can find.