Pennywort / Gotu Kola


Common Name:

Pennywort / Gotu Kola

Botanical Name:

Centella asiatica

Family Name:



Full sun to semi-shade

Common uses:

This little jewel will forever remain one of my favorite plants. Unfortunately it has been classified as a weed. Gotu Kola is known in China as the Elixir of Life and you will soon see why. The herb has been used for centuries and is non toxic, It improves memory, cognition, concentration and blood flow to the brain similar to the effects of Ginko biloba. It has been researched for its effects on poor circulation disorders such as varicose veins, edema of the ankles, leg ulcers and poor wound healing. When used in an ointment or lotion, Gotu Kola stimulates wound healing and collagen production, it was used to treat leprosy wounds and diabetic foot ulcers. It is one of the most prized ingredients in the French Cosmetic Industry. It is being researched for its anti bacterial properties, anti epileptic effects and its significant anti oxidant effect. It can also assist in regulating blood sugar which further adds to its ability to heal diabetic wounds. It increases micro circulation and has been used to treat bronchitis in many Asian countries. It is recommended to eat 3 leaves daily as the active compounds are not heat stable. Do not take the herb for more than 4 weeks at a time.


Its classification as a weed should clear up most questions about growing the plant. It is however a frost sensitive tropical plant, but will also self seed itself once established. It needs lots of water if you want succulent leaves and can even be grown in water. Fertile soil is a bonus but not a requirement