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Scientific Name: Ayestasia gangetica
Alternative Names: Chinese Violet, Asystasia (Afr), Ishobo (Zulu)

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Ayestasia gangetica


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous perennial ground cover.
  • Semi-hardy.
  • attractive, fast-growing, spreading, herbaceous groundcover that grows from 300 mm to 600 mm in height.
  • Mass planting under large trees and borders in full sun, semi-shade or full shade.
  • Good container plant.
  • Important plant for honeybees and butterflies.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves are eaten as spinach and can be added to salads.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Traditional African medicine for the management of asthma.
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