Angel’s Trumpet

May 24, 2011

I didn’t really pay attention to a small tree somewhere among the assortment of shrubs which mum had planted, until late one evening when I came back from work, I was surprised and delighted to see trumpet-shaped white flowers hanging from the tree. It’s lovely, at the same time, poisonous! Therefore, please be careful if you decided to plant it, as all parts of Angel’s Trumpet are poisonous, or at least narcotic even in small doses. Other names for this plant include brugmansia, tree datura and angel star. More about the plant here:- About Angel’s Trumpet

the Angel's Trumpet in my garden

Angel's Trumpet - lovely and lethal !

the under-nourished leaves of my Angel's Trumpet

Leaves of the Gods?

May 24, 2011

Sambung Nyawa

There were many claims that this magical herb has remarkable benefits, though I myself have yet to try it. Our family received the plant as a gift from a relative in Brunei many years ago, who informed us that the herb is called Sambung Nyawa. It grows and can be cultivated quite easily. I have heard people talking about it all these while but I wasn’t sure whether it is the same plant, so I did a little checking. I’m guessing it is the same one. The other names for this herb include Daun Dewa, Akar Sebiak, Kelemai Merah, Mollucan Spinach, Longevity Spinach, Googoolipid, Bai Bing Ca, Nan Fei Ye and Scrambling Gynura. The scientific name for it is Gynura procumbens.

the leaf

Scientific name: Gynura procumbens

the stem of Sambung Nyawa

In Indonesia, it is called Daun Dewa

Then, there was another family friend who gave another plant which he claimed to have tremendous benefits to health, especially for people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and a few other ailments. The leaves look slightly similar to the ones shown above, but unlike the ones above, this plant can grow quite high, as shown in the images below:

Can someone tell me what's the actual name for this plant?


May 16, 2011

Opps! I haven’t been taking good care of my cekur, it has not grown beautifully. I have it in my garden for quite some time already but haven’t got the chance to utilize it. It is said to be very bitter.

For those who read and understand Bahasa Malaysia, you may find some important details on this herbaceous plant on this page: Cekur Legakan Penyakit

I just bought in a new ‘baby’ to my garden, its name is monstera friedrichstahlii. A bit of a mouthful to pronounce the botanical name, this delightful vine is commonly known as the swiss cheese plant.

Ain’t it cute?

monstera friedrichstahlii / swiss cheese plant

Hempedu Bumi

March 13, 2010

Andrographis paniculata

The brew tastes extremely bitter but it is beneficial for treating diseases such as diabetes, high-blood pressure and skin-related diseases. Normally, the mixture is taken with rock sugar to counter the bitterness.


March 12, 2010

Botanical name: Codiaeum variegatum (L.) BL.

Misai Kucing

March 11, 2010

Misai Kucing / Orthosiphon aristatus

I have heard about the beneficial usage of this herb, but so far I have not try it yet. I like the look of the flower, so I treat it as an ornamental plant in my garden.

We can absorb the goodness of this herb by steeping the leaves in hot water (to release the nutrients) and then after the mixture has cooled down, throw away the leaves and drink the brew. It can treat kidney problems, stones, diabetes, high-blood pressure and a few other diseases.