The garlic creeper or the Garlic vine is native to South America. They can be easily grown in containers anywhere in the world provided they get the necessary nutrients and sunlight for growth.
The garlic creeper is also called false garlic plant because it does not bear the edible garlic. However, it can be used as a substitute for garlic during the extreme shortage.
Growing the garlic creeper is indeed a rewarding experience as it bears fragrant flowers which are a delight to the eyes. This plant can also be used for medicinal purposes. According to popular belief, garlic vines bring good luck wherever they are grown.
The plant does not need much care. The plant grows from cuttings and needs a fair amount of water. The plant should be trimmed regularly to prevent the plant from becoming leggy. Mulching or adding compost to the soil also helps in the growth of the plant.
The plant grows best if kept under a full or partial sun. The plant should be protected from frost.
The garlic creeper should be watered regularly. They need a fair amount of water to grow well. Watering once a day should be enough as long as the soil is not soggy.
The plant grows best in a soil which has good drainage properties. Loamy soil is ideal for the purpose.
These usually grow from cuttings. To grow a garlic vine, a semi-hardwood cutting has to be taken with at least three nodes on it. They should be planted in a damp mixture of sand and compost after taking off the lower leaves.
The flowers are fragrant and violet in colour at the beginning. It also has a white throat. As the flower matures, the violet becomes lighter.
The plant is shrub-like and grows only 2-3 meter tall.
The garlic vine produces fragrant flowers resembling lavenders which are a pleasure to the eyes. Therefore the plant can be used for ornamental purposes.
This plant can also be used as a substitute for garlic during extreme situations.
The garlic vine is also used in herbal medicines as they are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and antipyretic.