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Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) potted plant, organic

$8.50$65.00

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, 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. 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

 

Potted plant, Certified Organically Grown

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. Rabbi DeLeslie

    It Came Back

    Rabbi DeLeslie (verified owner)

    So I ordered the plant last year, it was doing ok but didn’t seem to be thriving. I live near Dallas, TX, so we had the big snow/freeze and I figured it killed the little guy. Well, just today I noticed his return! I have it planted on the North side of the house (house faces N) in a bed surrounded by driveway so it stays pretty moist consistently. Grow Gotu Kola, use Gotu Kola, it’s an amazing plant. 🙂

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    Mary

    Success in northern MN, Zone 3

    Mary (verified owner)

    Plant arrived in great condition, as always, and took off right after planting it in a large pot and putting it in the greenhouse. Filled the planter with runners and new plants in no time. This is my second plant. First one didn’t make it through in the “winter greenhouse”…too cold. I rescued this second plant from the “winter greenhouse” before it hit 55F last year and was able to overwinter it inside my house in a south-facing window with a little pampering. It didn’t look happy, but it survived and jumped back into action as soon as it started warming up and could be put back in the greenhouse for the summer. I’m hopeful that it will survive a second winter… Thanks for the great plants and information you provide, Richo!

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  3. djhoffman66

    Grows great

    djhoffman66 (verified owner)

    This plant is easy to grow. I love this company, they are honest and great people.

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    Marissa

    Flourishing in 115-degree desert heat

    Marissa

    We ordered three of these plants in the spring of 2019. Now, in August, it is hot in Las Vegas and most of our leafy greens have either gone to seed or are too bitter to be delicious. The gotu kola, however, is flourishing in the heat and yielding beautiful, tender leaves that taste great. Grateful! We have it in a spot where it is getting full sun for the entire afternoon, side-by-side with violet and spilanthes.

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  5. Peggy Karp

    Plants are doing great

    Peggy Karp (verified owner)

    The gotu kola plants arrived promptly and in perfect shape. I put them in 5 gallon pots in a rich potting soil, in a location that gets morning sun, and water them daily, and eat 2 or 3 leaves, with stem, every day. Hardly makes a dent. Am going to order some for my daughter.

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