Lepisanthes fruticosa , Chammaliang

Lepisanthes fruticosa

Family: Sapindaceae
Origin: SE Asia
Small tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersEdible plant

Lepisanthes fruticosa (Chammaliang) is native to Southeast Asia and belongs to the family Solanaceae. It is a small tree or bush that can grow from 10-20 feet in height and does best with full sun or semi-shade. This plant regularly needs water, sunlight and moderate temperatures for optimal growth. The showy flowers of Lepisanthes fruticosa are purple, blue or lavender in color and look similar to tomato flowers.

This plant is mainly grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9-11, but those in colder regions can also grow it in pots. When growing Lepisanthes fruticosa in colder regions, provide the root system with a warm environment, by using a pot, and enabling the plant to receive enough sunlight. When potted, it should be watered regularly, so that the soil remains moist, but not wet.

Besides its attractive appearance, Lepisanthes fruticosa is also grown for its fruit. The fruit is a ellipsoid berry, 1-2 inches in diameter, that is dark red to black when ripe. The flesh of the fruit is sweet, and the seeds can be roasted and eaten. The fruits of this plant are rich in nutrients and offer a range of health benefits, such as providing a boost to immune system, aiding in digestion, and promoting healthy skin, hair, and nails. It has even been known to prevent anemia, as it is rich in iron.

Lepisanthes fruticosa is an attractive, easy to grow plant with a lot to offer. Its bright flowers and edible fruit make it a welcome addition to any garden.

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