Latin Name: Centella asiatica
Lifespan: Tender Perennial
Growth Structure: Spreading Ground Cover
Light Requirement: Partial to Full Sun
Water Requirement: Medium
Description: Pegged as the “herb of longevity,” gotu kola is a staple in traditional Chinese, Indonesian, and Ayurvedic medicine. Practitioners claim the medicinal plant has the power to boost brainpower, heal skin issues, and promote liver and kidney health — and recent studies agree. Gotu Kola grows well in filtered shade and will spread and cover the ground. Leaves can be eaten raw for salad or cooked. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend eating 3-5 leaves raw every morning.