Sauropus androgynus is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in Southeast Asia

Sauropus androgynus (Star Gooseberry, Sweet Leaf Bush, Sabah Vegetable, Katuk, Sayur Manis in Malay) Star Gooseberry or Sweet Leaf Bush is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, the leaves of the plant are used to make infusion, believed to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers. Consumption […]

Astrantia major produces unique flowers that come in a wide variety of colours

Astrantia major (Greater Masterwort, Great Black Masterwort, Melancholy Gentlemen) Greater Masterwort or Melancholy Gentlemen produces unique and gorgeous flowers that come in a wide variety of colours. Its group of tightly packed florets that are backed by petal-like bracts makes the flowers look very much like a star or a firework.

Alpinia caerulea ‘Atherton Ginger’ produces edible bright blue berries

Alpinia caerulea ‘Atherton Ginger’ (Red Back Australian Ginger, Blue Ginger, Native Ginger) Alpinia caerulea ‘Atherton Ginger’ or Red Back Australian Ginger is a beautiful ornamental plant with bright blue berries. The edible blue berries may be picked and eaten straight off the stem. It is a versatile plant that is traditionally used by the Aboriginal […]

Uses of Adenanthera pavonina include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber

Adenanthera pavonina (Red Lucky Seed, Acacia Coral, Curly Bean, Red Bead/Coral Bean Tree, Red Sandalwood, Peacock Flower Fence) Seeds of Adenanthera pavonina have long been a symbol of love in China and its name in Chinese is ‘xiang si dou’, translated as mutual love bean. Its uses include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber. […]

Dendrophthoe pentandra produces red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time

Dendrophthoe pentandra (Malayan Mistletoe, Mango Mistletoe, Mistletoe Plant) Malayan Mistletoe or Mango Mistletoe is a parasitic, woody and  dioecious shrub. This plant has been used for traditional medicine. Grow this beauty to enjoy its brilliantly coloured red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time.