Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica), packet of 30 seeds, organic

$5.95

Family:  Carrot (Apiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12, otherwise grown as a potted plant or summer annual, 90 days to harvest

(Indian Pennywort, Gotu Kola, Gota Kola, Brahmi, Hydrocotyl asiatica)  Creeping perennial native to the tropics of the world, especially Hawaii, India, Tropical America, Southeast Asia and Africa. Etymology: Gotu Kola is Sri Lankan for “cup-shaped leaf.”  Hydro = water, cotyle = cup-shaped.  Cent = 1/100 of a dollar.  So, “hydrocotyl”: refers back to the common name (water-cup) and centella refers back to the pennywort grouping.  “Asiatica” refers to the Asian origin, even though the plant is pan-tropical.  I have personally experienced two different ecotypes: the Hawaiian/African/Indian ecotype with larger, heavily-scalloped leaves that are lobed at the base and the Asian ecotype that has smaller leaves, rounder and not as plump, with less pronounced scallops.  We have found the Asian type to be disease resistant and more vigorous and therefore somewhat easier to grow than the Hawaiian type. Traditional usage (Ayurveda): one of the Rasayana, said to increase mental clarity and impart long life.  Used to treat ulcerations both internal and external, improve digestion and fight amoebic dysentery.  Regular use imparts healthy color and tone to skin, treats eczema, psoriasis and rheumatism.  Speeds healthy growth of hair, skin and nails.  The young leaves are tasty in salads and may also be used in smoothies.  The leaves are often juiced, the juice mixed with water and sugar to make a refreshing and cooling drink.

Growing from seeds: Plant seeds in greenhouse conditions in very excellently drained soil, just pressed into the surface of the soil and water occasionally.  The seeds will probably germinate in 30 to 90 days. Seed sown in the unheated greenhouse in the fall may give substantially better germination rates, but generally not until spring.  Work seedlings up in pots and transplant to the field when the soil has really warmed up.

Plant prefers warm sun and rich, fertile soil or fast-draining soil, appreciating side-dressing with compost or regular applications of liquid fertilizer (fish emulsion, kelp tea, compost tea). Water frequently.  Space plants 2 feet apart–they spread!   Field-grown gotu kola can get quite large, yielding several pounds per plant.  I have included a photo of one plant harvested midseason here in Oregon.  The plant is on a sorting screen, with a full-sized shovel underneath it (red band on the handle).  This will give you an idea of how effective it is to grow the plant in standard field or garden context.  r

30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

Please note that Gotu Kola seeds are often paired.  Paired seeds count for 2.

PS, a bit more.  Information found on the web regarding Gotu Kola is full of hearsay, bibliographic echo and error.  The CABI invasive species compendium, in cooperation with USDA,  shows a primary photo that is not Centella asiatica (the plant does not make white flowers that hover up over the leaves!)  The growing conditions are listed by many sources as “swampy” which is inaccurate.  Actually, the plant does best in places where excellent drainage is combined with frequent watering, and may easily rot and disappear in overly wet environs.  The primary plant will make a long taproot, appearing like a thin carrot, and will send out horizontal rhizomes that root in at the nodes.  These axillary plants will send nutrients back to the mother plant, and may also be removed by the gardener and replanted at a distance (they are clones).  Flowers are normally reddish and occur at the very base of the plant and eventually at every node that becomes sufficiently mature.  The flowers give way to the seeds, really 2 seeds joined in a disk, which break apart at absolute ripeness.  The seeds are longitudinally ridged, which helps differentiate them from seed of look-alikes, such as other pennywort species.  Gotu Kola is a pioneer plant in the tropics that covers ground laid bare by fire, construction, etc.  Gotu Kola grows luxuriously in ditches in India, and the story goes that in the early days, when herbalists imported Gotu Kola from India, one of the shipments contained a hubcap!  Nowadays we assure a clean product by growing our own.  RAC

 

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  1. Question

    tassrat53

    I live in zone

    9-10 in Florida can you suggest
    A Poppy that might do well here

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      yes, the yellow horned poppy (Glauciumj flavum) would do well for you there. r

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    • Tammy

      How would this do indoors? I’m in zone 5-6

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Generally does terrible indoors. Recommend starting in spring and planting in the garden

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    Janet L Kuenzi

    Last year I ordered gotu kola seeds on amazon because you were out. Got one seed to germinate and it has been quite vigorous, but now seeing your pictures and pictures on various sites… am thinking my plant may be an imposter. Some of the google images do look like mine but most have the serrated edges which mine does not have. Difference also in the veining and the depth of the notch in the heart shape. Post on Daves Garden pointed to much confusion in ID-ing it. My biologist son is unable to solve the mystery, but thought the leaves might acquire the serrated edge as they got older. So far it has only been in pots. I am concerned as I have sold some plant divisions at local farmer’s market. One clue would be if you could describe the taste of the leaf. I find it very aromatic almost incense-like or possibly like some exotic flower. I will send a picture when I can get someone to help me with sending it.(my computer skills are very minimal). Thank you I appreciate your consideration to this query….Janet Kuenzi

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Janet,
      There is considerable variation in Hydrocotyl (Centella) asiatica depending on ecotype. There really are several different appearing plants that are indeed gotu kola. However what you have there doesn’t look like either of them–the leaves are too thick, too smooth, and as you mentioned lack the scallops. Gotu kola tastes like lettuce at its best and otherwise can be pretty bitter (out of prime season). The plant is enthusiastically stoloniferous so if your plant is sending out runners that root in at the nodes this might be a good sign. But there are other plants that do that. Lots of them. I wish nobody purchased seeds on e-bay, the majority of these sellers are buying seeds from reputable suppliers and reselling them without knowledge of identification or germination.
      Richo

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    Priyanka ks

    Is this Gotu kola seeds product available

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      Admin Richo Cech

      We do have gotu kola seeds on an ongoing basis. Please click “waitlist” to receive an e-mail when we make our next harvest.

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    Arif Ansız

    The seeds are available now?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Please click on the “waitlist” option, and you will be automatically informed by e-mail when the new crop comes in. Growing vigorously now in June, we’ll have many seeds in August, meanwhile if you’re ion the USA, it is time to buy gotu kola plants and get going right now–will save you years of effort.

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    • Maki

      It’s September now. Are the seeds still out of stock?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, the seeds are still developing on the plants. Make sure to click “waitlist” as we will be enabling gotu kola seeds as soon as we have them in hand. If you are within the US, we recommend getting plants, will save you much effort. r

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    • Mateo Milmo

      When will seeds be available??

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Sorry, as of 11/22/2019 the answer to this question is unknown. We’re already sold out on the fall crop and have mother plants in the greenhouse. We’ll harvest from them on an ongoing basis as the seed matures. please hit “waitlist”

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    • Jan Lutz

      Do you have gotu kola plants available?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jan, yes, I checked, you just need to click around a bit. I guess yuou know we don’t ship plants until mid-march at the earliest, and really gotu kola shouldn’t ship until april. Here’s the link https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/gotu-kola-hydrocotyl-asiatica-potted-plant-organic/
      Richo

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    Ben Brown

    Hi, is this back in stock yet?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Nope, not until later in the summer. r

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    • Ovidiu

      I am interested also in purchasing the seeds. How much it will cost to send it to Romania?
      Thank You.

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    • Judy

      Admin Judy

      Before checking out, go to the Cart page. You can calculate shipping there by entering your shipping information before finalizing your order.

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    Thu duong

    How can I order guru kola plants? And what’s the price and shipping cost.

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    David Brown

    Hi, are there seeds yet ?
    Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Not yet, mother plants just now (4/27/2019) going out to the field. r

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    Brian Boyce

    Is interest in gotu kola increasing? Sure looks like it!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      yes

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    • Gargi

      Hi do you have seeds available ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Gargi, Not at this time–seeds are produced by the mature plant in August through October and we will always have them at that time. Right now, unless you’re international, the plants are available and a very good way to go. Actually, growing Gotu Kola from seed is quite difficult, while increasing the plant by means of planting the rooted nodes is quite easy. Buying the plants will give you a year’s head start, and please hurry, we will run out of these. richo

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      No, we suggest getting gotu kola plants, much easier, as long as you’re within the US. Anyway, I’ll be glad to e-mail you when the seed comes available. r

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    SS

    When the Gotu kola and Brahmi seeds will be available .

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Availability will be ongoing with these, new harvests are anticipated. r

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    sandhya_raja76 (verified owner)

    How long will it take for shipping?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Currently early March 2019 3-day turnaround on the average seed order.

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    • Sheri R

      Hoping to get some seeds! Do we really have to wait til 2020? 🙂

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Sheri,
      No, I have a pile of dried gotu kola I harvested this year and have been sorting through to get the seeds out. I’m going to get with it and enable some packets for you. Please hurry.
      Richo

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  11. Question

    Cecile

    Are you already out of gotu kola seeds? It’s only Marsh 5th…

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I’ve run out, reharvested and run out again 4 times since last summer. Stay tuned, it will come available again.

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    • Ellen Malona- Second Nature Herbs (verified owner)

      Please reserve a packet of 30 seeds for me next time it’s available.

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I have 2 packets with seeds that were picked last week, if you really want one call (541) 846-6704 and tell the operator that Richo approves it.

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    • Heather

      I hope you still have a pack of seeds! I’ll try ordering one! TY

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      I hope so, too.

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    Fran Wheeler

    are these seeds available?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      sporadically, yes

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    Heenakhanam Mohammad

    I need gotu
    kola seeds

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      OK, we just (2/26/2019) cleaned a new batch. Please hurry to order before they run out. I’m assuming you are international so seeds are your only choice. For domestic growers, I recommend getting the plants instead, it gives you a huge head start.

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  14. One person found this helpful
    JOHNTHIIRU

    JOHNTHIIRU

    I would love some centella asiatica seeds for planting here in kenya my home. 😉

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    • 1 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      You can order them online at strictlymedicinalseeds.com. I may be talking myself out of an order here, but in my experience in the highlands of kenya, gotu kola grows in great abundance. you would need to know how to recognize it. Inapatikana bwana, ukitafuta utapata! Riko

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    • darkstar.andrew

      I think most people appreciate honesty, it’s good for business.

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    • Saralyn

      Hi! Do you think you will have seeds available this month?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, late in 2/19, we will again harvest gotu kola seeds.

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    • Natalia

      Is there a reputable place to buy the plants instead in USA?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, we have plenty of Gotu Kola plants in stock.

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    • Natalia

      When will the seeds be available again?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Summer 2019

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