Asystasia gangetica: Chinese Violet

Asystasia gangetica is a species of plant in the Acanthaceae family. It is commonly known as the Chinese Violet, Coromandel or Creeping Foxglove.

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This plant is a spreading herb or ground cover, reaching 60 cm or up to 1 m in height if supported. The flower is small, 1/2-5/8 in.  Widespread throughout the Old World Tropics, and introduced into tropical Americas and Hawaii, where it has become naturalized. In some parts of Africa, the leaves are eaten as a vegetable and used as an herbal remedy in traditional African medicine for the management of asthma.

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The above is the white-greenish bloom variety.

It is also used as an ornamental plant and an important plant for honeybees, butterflies and other insects.

Photos: Gardens by the BaySingapore, 20130124

Source: Wikipedia

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