Herb of life 'Jiaogulan'

planting site / location:
planting distance:
30 x 30 cm
soil / fertilisation:
Ideal is a sunny and half-shaded place in the garden or in plant pots. No special soil needed. Fertilse from time to time and keep the soil moisturised.
Keep it moisturised.
gardener's tip:
The exotic creeping plant descends from the family of cucurbits and reaches a height of up to four metres. It is absolutely hardy, grows straightforward and fast. You do not have to wait long for the yield - you can harvest the growing tips of the stolons from spring to autumn without interruption. Prune the plant if it grows too much. In autumn the sprouts recede. One cuts them right above the soil. The plant overwinters in the soil and starts growing again in spring since the roots are rhizomes. If you prefer to keep the crop in pots you can take the 'herb of life' into your house and yield it during winter. The taste of the growing tips of the stolons reminds of liquorice and can be used for crunchy and tasty salads.
Famous East Asian tea plant said to have a rejuvenating effect. Decorative leafage. Creeping. Hardy. Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum), also referred to as plant of immortality, is known in China and Japan for more than six centuries. As herbal infusion it is said to have a healing effect on heart problems, high blood pressure, disorders of the immune system and metabolic disorders. In particular, the ingredients stimulate the formation of blood. Use three teaspoons of dried or fresh leaves per tea cup and pour boiling water over them. Allow the tea to brew for 3 minutes before consumption. The herb is supposed to be especially good for women.


german term: Herb of life
botanical termn: Gynostemma pentaphyllum
plant height: 40-45 cm
life cycle: perennial
harvest season: perennial
flowering season: July to August
use: Tea herb
colour palette: green