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Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus, Okra, Bamia, Gombo

Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus

Okra, Bamia, Gombo
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersEdible

This annual, herbaceous shrub is readily identifiable by its beautiful, pale-yellow flowers. The pods and leaves are edible, and young pods can be used in stir-fry and soups either blanched or pickled. When cooked it resembles asparagus, yet it may be left raw and served in a cold salad.





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Abelmoschus manihot, Okra - seeds

Okra, Bamia, Gombo. Beautiful, pale-yellow flowers. The pods and leaves are edible, and young pods can be used in stir-fry and soups either blanched or pickled. When cooked it resembles asparagus, yet it may be left raw and served in a cold salad.
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Bowiea volubilis, Schizobasopsis volubilis, Climbing Onion, Sea Onion

Bowiea volubilis, Schizobasopsis volubilis

Climbing Onion, Sea Onion
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Hyacinthaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Origin: South Africa
CaudexVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDeciduous

The Bowiea volubilis is an interesting plant. The bulb is pale green and grows half buried in the soil. Each year it develops new branched stems that somewhat make it look like an elongated asparagus. After a couple of months the stem dries and fades, but the bulb produces another one right next.

Cultivation is not too difficult in a container such as a large pot or a hanging basket, provided that the soil is gritty and perfectly drained and the plant is placed in strong light. Stakes or wires can be provided for the climbing branches, or they can be allowed to hang down. The plant should be watered very sparingly except during the growing season, when new stems emerge from the bulb.





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Moringa oleifera, Moringa pterygosperma, Horseradish tree, Ben Oil Tree, Coatli, Drumstick tree, Bridal veil

Moringa oleifera, Moringa pterygosperma

Horseradish tree, Ben Oil Tree, Coatli, Drumstick tree, Bridal veil
Family: Moringaceae
Origin: Eastern India
Can be used for bonsaiBig tree > 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.DeciduousAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This 25 foot tall tree is sometimes mistaken for a legume. It has delicate foliage and attractive pale white-yellow fragrant flowers that are borne in loose clusters in the leaf axils. Flowering and fruiting freely and continuously. Grows best on a dry sandy soil. Makes an ideal shade tree with high drought resistance. Possibly one of the most useful trees in the world, it produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The roots are used as a substitute for horseradish and the edible leaves make a highly nutritious vegetable. The roots have also been documented as useful in many folk remedies. The flowers, shoots, and foliage are edible as greens. The name derives from the roots, which taste like horseradish and are used as a substitute. Cattle are particularly fond of them. Young pods are cooked in curries. Seeds, which taste like peanuts when fried, are eaten, but they contain an alkaloid, which limits their use. The unripe pods, known as `susumber' or `drumsticks', are cut up and boiled like beans. The outsides of the pods are extremely hard and woody and impossible to eat; one has to pick them up and eat the sticky pulp inside and `pips' which are lightly hot and delicious. Upon pressing, the seeds yield an oil called ben oil. This nondrying oil is used for oiling machinery, in salad oil, and in soaps. The corky bark yields a gum used in India to print calico (cotton cloth with figured patterns). See article about this tree.





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Moringa oleifera (pterygosperma) - seeds

Horseradish tree, Ben Oil Tree. Possibly one of the...  more
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Moringa oleifera - Horseradish tree

Bridal veil, Horseradish tree, Ben Oil Tree. Beautiful...  more

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Moringa sp variety PKM1 - seeds

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Polygonatum sp., Solomon's Seal

Polygonatum sp.

Solomon's Seal
Family: Asparagaceae   (Formerly:Convallariaceae)
Subfamily: Nolinoideae
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Spice or herbSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The shoots of some Polygonatum can be boiled and used like asparagus.





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Sauropus androgynus, Katuk, Star Gooseberry, Sweet Leaf, Tropical Asparagus, Chang Kok, Manis, Nutty Leaf, Rau Ngot

Sauropus androgynus

Katuk, Star Gooseberry, Sweet Leaf, Tropical Asparagus, Chang Kok, Manis, Nutty Leaf, Rau Ngot
Family: Phyllanthaceae
Origin: India
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Sauropus androgynus is a shrub grown in some tropical regions as a leaf vegetable. In Chinese it is called mani cai, in Malay it is called cekur manis or sayur manis, and in Vietnamese, it is called rau ngot.

Its multiple upright stems can reach 6-7 ft high and bear dark green oval leaves 2-3" long.

It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in South Asia and Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and palatability. The shoot tips have been sold as tropical asparagus. In Vietnam, people cook it with crab meat, minced pork or dried shrimp to make soup. In Malaysia, it is commonly stir-fried with egg and dried achovies. It is among only a few flora containing vitamin K.

It is a popular vegetable cultivated in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, southwest China. Delicious young shoots!

See Article about this plant.





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Sauropus androgynus - Katuk, Tropical Asparagus

Katuk, Tropical Asparagus. Delicious young shoots!...  more

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Sauropus androgynus Variegata - variegated Katuk

Variegated variety of Katuk, Tropical Asparagus. Delicious...  more

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