Botanical Name: Jiaogulan (jow-goo-lawn); Gynostemma pentaphyllum; Family: Cucurbitaceae
Height: Vines can grow up to 25 feet long.
Depth: Plant at the same depth as it is in the pot.
Sun/Shade: Full sun to partial shade.
Foliage: Serrated leaves commonly grow in groups of five.
Blooms: July - August.
Form: A climbing vine, attaching itself to supports using tendrils.
Flower Form: The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by insects.
Soil Requirements: Well drained, moist, humus enriched soil.
Comments: Also known as 'Jiaogulan,' this variety is said to have immune-strengthening properties; some even call it the 'anti-aging' or the 'cure-all' herb! Brew 'Immortality' and enjoy the healthy benefits of this sweet-flavored curing tea! Grown in a pot or hanging basket, the vines will cascade over the edge for a dramatic decorative effect; if allowed to grow up a trellis or supported by stakes, the vines will reach up to 25' long. Suitable for in-and out-doors.
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