Gymnostemma pentaphyllumArticle number: 73402
The name "herb of immortality", also Jiaogulan comes from the fact that mainly in the province of Guizhou, but also in the provinces of Guangxi and Shicuan lived above-average 100-year-old people, which researchers investigated more closely. Various other influencing factors could be excluded and it was concluded that the high age of the residents had to be related to the regular consumption of Jiaogulan. Further analysis showed that the leaves contain saponins, which are also the active substances in ginseng.
Gynostemma pentaphyllum is a climbing, annual to perennial herbaceous plant whose tendrils can grow to be four to eight meter long. It forms root tubers as an endurance organ and survives temperatures down to -15 ° C. In Thailand and China fresh leaves are used as salad or similar to spinach. From the dried as well as the fresh leaves, tea can be prepared.
- Growth habit:trailing
- Growth habit:climbing
- Growth vigor:strong