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Edible uses


Leaves and young stems - cooked[1][2][3]. The leaves have a sweet taste and are used as a tea[1][2][3].


Unknown part


Material uses

The plant is used in proprietary preparations for cosmetics and anti-ageing tonics[4].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The whole plant is a tonic herb that improves the circulation, stimulates liver function, strengthens the immune and nervous systems, and reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels[4]. It also has sedative effects, relieving spasms and lowering the blood pressure[4]. It is used internally in the treatment of nervous tension and exhaustion, peptic ulcer, asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer[4]. It was rated among the ten most important tonic herbs at a conference on traditional medicines in Beijing in 1991[4].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Pre-soak the seed for 24 hours in warm water and then sow it in spring in a rich compost in a greenhouse, placing 2 - 3 seeds per pot. Thin the seedlings to the strongest in each pot and grow the plants on fast. Plant them out after the last expected frosts and protect them with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well.

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Requires a rich well-drained but moisture-retentive soil in a warm sheltered position in partial shade[4].

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[5]. A problematic crop outdoors in Britain, it can be grown successfully as an annual in a greenhouse but requires a long hot summer if it is to do well outdoors. Plants tend to be annuals or short-lived perennials[4]. A climbing plant, attaching itself to supports by means of tendrils[4].

Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required. Some plants might be monoecious[5].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Gynostemma pentaphyllum
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
  • Leaves (Unknown use)
  • Unknown part (Tea)
Material uses
  • Unknown part (Cosmetic)
Medicinal uses
  • Unknown part (Alterative)
  • Unknown part (Anticholesterolemic)
  • Unknown part (Antispasmodic)
  • Unknown part (Hepatic)
  • Unknown part (Hypoglycaemic)
  • Unknown part (Sedative)
  • Unknown part (Tonic)
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    None listed.
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    8 x meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    2. ? Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    3. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    4. ? Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London. ISBN 0-7513-020-31 (1995-00-00)
    5. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    6. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)

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    Belongs to familyCucurbitaceae +
    Belongs to genusGynostemma +
    Has binomial nameGynostemma pentaphyllum +
    Has common nameSweet Tea Vine +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has edible partLeaves + and Unknown part +
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    Has fertility typeSelf sterile + and Insects +
    Has flowers of typeDioecious +
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    Has primary imageGynostemma pentaphyllum 1.jpg +
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    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
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    PFAF medicinal use notes migrated No +
    PFAF propagation notes migrated No +
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    Tolerates air pollution
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