African Bitter Leaf
African Bitter Leaf
African Bitter Leaf is a powerful and nutrient-rich plant that has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. This plant has long been a staple in traditional numerous African medicinal systems.
African Bitter Leaf grows quickly can grow up to 20 feet tall in the right conditions. It forms a clump of woody stems and has large leaves that can grow up to 6 inches long.
It prefers a warm and humid climate, but can tolerate cooler temperatures as well. In areas with harsh winters, African Bitter Leaf can be grown as an annual or overwintered indoors.
African Bitter Leaf is a leafy green plant that contains a high concentration of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium. It also contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help to boost your immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.
This plant has a distinct bitter taste and is often used in African cuisine as a flavoring agent. However, its medicinal properties are what really make it stand out. African Bitter Leaf has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including malaria, diabetes, fever, and even cancer.
In addition to its many health benefits, African Bitter Leaf is also easy to grow and care for. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade, and regular watering and fertilization will ensure that it thrives in your garden.
ABOUT THIS PLANT
Botanic Name: Vernonia amygdalina
Common Names: African Bitter Leaf, grawa (Amharic), ewuro (Yoruba), etidot (Efik), onugbu (Igbo), ityuna (Tiv), oriwo (Edo), Awɔnwono (Akan), chusar-doki or shuwaka (Hausa), mululuza (Luganda), labwori (Acholi), olusia (Luo), ndoleh (Cameroon), olubirizi (Lusoga),
Native to: Sub-Saharan Africa
Growth Structure: Tall, upright bush growing to 20 ft
Fertility Preference: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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Minimal care is needed once this plant is established. However, overharvesting of the leaves and fruit can cause flowering and fruiting to slow down significantly.