Jiao-gu-lan, Japanese (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), packet of 10 seeds, organic
Family: Cucurbit (Cucurbitaceae)
Hardy to zone 7 to 12, commonly grown as a potted plant and brought in for the winter.
(Immortality, Amachazu, Jiao-gu-lan) Herbaceous or perennial vine native to China, Tibet, Japan and Southeast Asia, the blue-green leaves of this perennial vine are commonly made into a tasty tea. Does well in pots and is commonly kept in a light window. Outdoors, a thick mulch will assist these beauties in surviving harsh winters (they will go dormant down to the roots), or you can overwinter them indoors (they grow!) or in a cold greenhouse to add some protection. Trellis. Traditional usage: adaptogen and life extension.
Plant prefers rich, deep, fast-draining yet fertile soil in a partially shaded exposure. The plants are adaptable and may be grown outdoors, in the greenhouse, or indoors in a light window (will climb the shades). Seeds are fragile. We try to protect them in shipment and recommend handling the packet gently. Seeds germinate in 3 to 6 weeks in warm soil. Space plants 2 feet apart.
10 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown