A sprawling vine with sweet tasting leaves from Asia, Jiaogulan is thought to have similar properties to ginseng and can be used as a culinary herb or to make a refreshing energising tea.
- Unusual herb
- Good hanging basket herb
- Makes a sweet tea
A vine native to Japan, China and Korea and originally investigated by a Japanese scientist for use as a sweetener in foods who found it had similar properties to ginseng. It was Chinese scientists that found people who drank jiaogulan as a tea in Southern China living longer than the population average and researched the herb for its medicinal properties.
- Height: Climbing/trailing
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: White
- Flowering period: July - September
This hardy perennial Chinese herb is a climbing vine and grows very quickly. It needs a trellis or similar to scramble up, though it does grow well in a hanging basket where it will trail long leaf stems over the edge. It dies down completely in winter and is an excellent herb for growing in a pot.
Jiaogulan has a strong sweet pea flavour and adds an interesting flavour to salads and stir fries – it makes a very pleasant tasting tea too because of the sweetness. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine where it is used to increase the natural ability of the body to respond to internal and external stressors, commonly called an adaptogen. It acts on processes in the central nervous system, the immune system, the reproductive system and the endocrine system – helping to keep them all in balance. However it does have blood thinning properties and shouldn’t be taken with other blood thinning medicines.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.