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Immortality Herb, Southern Ginseng, Jiaogulans   /   Gynostemma pentaphyllum

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Immortality Herb, Southern Ginseng, Jiaogulans - Gynostemma pentaphyllum (latin)

Geographical origin: Asia.
Adult sizes: Height up to 10m, spread up to 2m.
Foliage: Deciduous to semi-evergreen.
Type of soil: Moist, rich and well drained.
Climate: Hardy to -15°C.
Site: Full shade to partial shade.


Characteristics and uses:
The Jiaogulans is also called Immortality Herb on the Asian continent. Indeed, according to Chinese medicine, using the leaves of this climber which are full of antioxidant would lengthen life’s expectancy. Furthermore, when infused in tea or coffee, the Jiaogulans’ leaves give a sweet taste to the drink. Whether grown in pot or in the ground, it is necessary to train the Gynostemma as otherwise it acts like a ground-covering plant and it can quickly spread! Mulch its base and prune its branches as and when necessary.

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