Gynostema penthaphylum (jiaogulan, planta nemuririi)
Gynostema penthaphylum (jiaogulan, planta nemuririi)
Gynostema penthaphylum (jiaogulan, planta nemuririi)
Gynostema penthaphylum (jiaogulan, planta nemuririi)

Gynostemma pentaphyllum (jiaogulan, plant of immortality) - biological culture

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Gynostema pentaphyllum, also known as jiaogulan, the plant of immortality or the plant of eternal youth, is a perennial plant that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and melons. It originates from the mountainous regions of Asia, especially from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam.

It is presented in the form of a herbaceous, climbing, fast-growing vine. This plant has thin and flexible stems that can reach up to 8 meters in length. Its leaves are composed of 3-5 oval leaflets, dark green, with toothed edges. The small, yellow-green flowers appear on the lower side of the stem and are surrounded by thin bracts. The fruits are small capsules containing 3-5 seeds each.

Gynostema pentaphyllum is known for its medicinal properties, having a rich content of compounds called gypenosides, which are similar to the ginsenoids in ginseng. This plant is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various ailments, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, chronic fatigue and digestive problems. It is also believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant effects. Jiaogulan is often consumed in the form of tea, but it can also be found as a dietary supplement.

Scientific studies on the health benefits of Gynostema pentaphyllum are still ongoing, but the plant is considered a promising source of bioactive compounds with therapeutic potential.

Other known names: jiaogulan, immortality herb, plant of eternal youth

The cold resistance of this plant is limited. In general, it can survive low temperatures down to about -5 degrees Celsius. It can be grown indoors or even as an annual plant.

Height with pots included: approx. 30 cm

Pot diameter: 12 cm

The size of the plant and the stage of development vary depending on the season.