Gotu Kola

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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Your order will be placed on greenhouse hold because we can’t ship tropical plants “to or through” freezing temperatures. If you’re in the southern part of the country, we watch to make sure temperatures in Memphis stay above about 30; in the northern parts of the country, we watch Chicago because it is a major postal hub. Our top priority is making sure that your plants arrive healthy! If you order be aware that we will be shipping first-come, first-served this spring when it finally gets warm enough to ship again.

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Sometimes called “food for the brain,” gotu kola (Centella Asiatica) is a slender, creeping plant that is easy to grow in a hanging basket in a sunny window. It also tolerates low light levels and handles water so well that it can be grown in a terrarium or aquarium.

In Ayurveda, gotu kola is used to revitalize the brain and nerve cells and as a tonic to purify blood and promote healthy skin. Like neem, new research is validating many of those traditional uses. Research has focused on enhancing brain activity, both improving mood and memory in a clinical trial with human patients. Other studies indicate that it facilitates the repair of burned skin and reduced arthritis pain in mice probably by regulating humoral and cellular immunity.

Gotu kola is slightly bitter but tasty enough to eat straight off the vine or in a salad. We try and keep them growing in doorways where it’s easy to pick a few leaves as we pass by.

They tolerate low temperatures far better than the other Ayurvedic plants we grow — in fact, we don’t even move the gotu kola into the heated part of the greenhouse during the winter. They’ll slow down in the summer though, unless they’re shaded for the hottest parts of the day.

OVERSEAS CUSTOMERS: Please contact us before placing an order. We cannot ship to all locations around the world. Some customers, including Canadian customers, must pay for a $60.00 phytosanitary inspection before trees or living plants can be shipped.

2 reviews for Gotu Kola

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Date: 11/24/2013

    I bought one plant last winter. It arrived very fresh and well packed. I nursed it until spring in a sunny window and planted it out in some rich soil in a mostly sunny spot in zone 8 and kept it watered. Despite some suffering in the heat of the day, it prospered, to say the least. It spread like gangbusters. Before the first frost, I potted up some of it and put it in the greenhouse for insurance, but it turns out I haven’t needed it; the outside gotu kola has sailed through low-20’s deg F temps and still looks very good. I’ve been very surprised and pleased with it. I’m planning to move some to shadier locations in the yard to help it in the heat as this past summer was milder and less droughty than usual and its success in the direct sun may have been somewhat explained by those conditions. Still, very hardy, vigorous, and adaptable so far. It also roots readily in water.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Arrived in perfect condition. It was packed very safely

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