|Indian pennywort or gotu kola|
Both types require some shade as they dislike strong sunlight. They can be found near water source or under shrubs and trees. Its realitively easy to grow but I have to say its not low maintenance though. Some may disagree but I have been battling with mealy bugs ever since I acquired these plants and grew them in pots (see pics). I would normally remove the pest manually by hand and that help to control the spread but it comes back again, noticeable by the yellowish and dried up leaves. Fed up, I decided to cut and remove all the leaves and stems, sprayed with neem oil and now leaving it to grow new clean shoots (see pic).
|Now you see it, now you don't!|
Two things that I have learned about this herb are:
1. It flowers. I have had the plant for a year and have never seen any flowers but a check on the net seems to show that it does flower.
2. It has beneficial properties. This site, for example, says that pennywort/pegaga help improve digestion and are anti-bacterial/anti-viral, as well as contain minerals and vitamins.
Its definitely a plant worth having around.