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Pennywort

Centella asiatica

Centella, Asiactic or Indian pennywort, Gotu kola (Eng.)

Pennywort is an aquatic plant, with a spreading habit, naturally growing in swamps and wetlands. It is used as leafy green vegetable or medicinal herb. It is important to use plants from a safe water source as Pennywort will absorb pollutants from the enviroment cleaning the surroundings.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

The crop matures in three months, and the whole plant, including the roots, is harvested manually.

Propagation

Seed
Selfseeds easily. Keep the soil moist while germinating and growing.
Layering
The motherplant sends out stems called stolons that quickly root and spread.

Special features

Wet sites
Naturally growing in wetlands and swamps.

Geography

Origin
Asia, Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia
Natural climate
Temperate wet areas

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
In traditional medicine, it has been used in an attempt to treat varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, psoriasis, minor wounds, strangury, and to encourage lactation.
Edible
Pennywort is used raw in many dishes in Sri Lanka, the leaves and stems are eaten.

Personality

Family
Apiaceae
Flower colour
, Red, Pink, White
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

Companion plants

Plant with aquatic plants.

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