Gotu kola

Centella asiatica

Also know as Indian pennywort, this low growing tender perennial herb, is used to treat range of infections. It is a powerful Ayurvedic herb and should not be used for more than two weeks at a time. 9x9cm pot (8cm depth)

9x9cm pot (8cm depth)

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  • Unusual herb to grow
  • Low growing
  • Spreads easily
  • Can be grown indoors during winter

Got kola is also used as a culinary herb and has a unique flavour and as such is said to freshen the mind, promote longevity and increase memory and concentration. It makes an excellent pot plant which means it can be moved somewhere warmer for the winter months.

Plant Care

  • Height: 10-30cm
  • Type: Tender
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Any/alkaline
  • Flower colour: Yellow
  • Flowering period: July-November

Naturally gotu kola likes a position with a decent amount of shade and plenty of water. It is a spreading creeping herb and tender in the UK so will need warmth in the winter, it won't survive outside in a cold greenhouse, but does well on a light windowsill inside. Once all the frosts have one it can be moved outside and will grow quickly during the warmer months and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. If you end up with a large plant at the end of the summer, a smaller part can be split off and planted up to bring inside to carry on over winter. 


A traditional Ayurvedic herb it is traditionally renowned for improving the intellect, relaxing the nervous system and a specific herb for healing wounds and scars. It makes a cooling addition to salads that accompany rich, spicy curries. The fresh leaf is picked and infused in cold water as a hot infusion can destroy its medicinal properties. The cooling leaves are also juiced and added to summer drinks.




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