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Areas which are swampy and tropical are best for the growth of this plant. The plants have slender stems, creeping stolons which are green or reddish green in color. It is commonly known as Gotu Kola and Centella and is a herbaceous small annual plant. The other names of this plant are Asiatic pennywort and Indian pennywort.
This plant belongs to the family of Mackinlayaceae and subfamily Mackinlayoideae. This plant is a native from the Asian wetlands. The green long-stalked smooth rounded apices have a texture of netted veins. The leaves are of two centimetres long and the rootstock is filled with rhizomes that grow vertically down.
It is very easy take care of these plants.
The plant prefers to grow in potting soil which is well-drained and moist while watering must be done accordingly to keep the soil moist.
The seeds of these plants must be planted in a pot full of soil with two to three inches distance in between the two seeds and then each plant must be transplanted to a larger individual pot after seedling has grown up in the first year.
Watering must be done thoroughly so that the soil remains moist and does not dry out as the plant may decay in dry soil.
The plant prefers to grow in a soil which is moist and also has a good drainage system.
The plants must be kept indoors or in greenhouses during the winter season while the seeds can be planted in the garden after winter.
A semi-shady or moist or sunny area can enhance the plant's growth.
The peak time of blooming regarding this plant is the months from August to December.
These plants grow to a height from two feet to seven feet.
Any kind of organic fertilizers can be applied for enhancing a healthier growth of these plants.
It is highly used as medicine in cases like skin damage and it enhances circulation in the body, helps in skin repair, helps in strengthening nails and hair and it also has therapeutic benefits.
It also has ornamental uses.
Avoid touching the leaves of this plant as the leaves can cause irritation.