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Pennywort

Centella asiatica

Also known as

Centella, Asiactic Or Indian Pennywort, Gotu Kola

Thankuni Herbs by Moajjem Hossain (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Frequent watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

50cm

15cm

Min

20cm

3 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Pennywort

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A hand holding a green leaf

Pennywort Overview

Centella asiatica is known commonly by the name pennywort, it is an aquatic plant, with a spreading habit, naturally found growing in swamps and wetlands. It is used as leafy green vegetable or medicinal herb. It is important to use plants from a safe water source as pennywort will absorb pollutants from the environment, acting to clean the surroundings.

Common problems with Pennywort

Generally problem free

    Pennywort Companion Plants

    Plant with aquatic plants.

    How to harvest Pennywort

    The crop matures in three months, and the whole plant, including the roots, is harvested manually.

    How to propagate Pennywort

    Seed

    Selfseeds easily. Keep the soil moist while germinating and growing.

    Layering

    The motherplant sends out stems called stolons that quickly root and spread.

    Special features of Pennywort

    Wet sites

    Naturally growing in wetlands and swamps.

    Other uses of Pennywort

    Medicinal

    In traditional medicine, it has been used in an attempt to treat varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency, psoriasis, minor wounds, strangury, and to encourage lactation.

    Edible

    Pennywort is used raw in many dishes in Sri Lanka, the leaves and stems are eaten.