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Sunday, 25 October 2015

GROWING RED DWARF COPPERLEAF OR RED SESSILE JOYWEED.

This plant was brought to my attention when I was visiting my friends in Semenyih. The plants were growing all over her backyard and my friend shared with me all the benefits of the plants. The usefulness were reconfirmed by my sister-in-law when she dropped by to visit us at my friend's house. I was then encouraged to bring some back home to plant in my garden.
Its scientific name is Alternanthera Sessilis (Red). I want to thank the experts from the gardening groups I have joined on Facebook for helping with the identification of this plants.

Some of the common names are Red Sessile Joyweed, Red Dwarf Copperleaf, Keremak Merah (Malay) and Hung Teen Wu (Chinese).

There are green and dark red variety.

I have seen this dark red variety being soil in the wet markets.

These Red Dwarf Copperleaf plants are self-seeding plants and very easy to grow. They are invasive plants or weeds. Propagation also through stem cuttings and they root easily at the nodes.

Red Dwarf Copperleaf plants grow well where the ground is damp and moist. It can be exposed to full sun or in partial shade.

The many uses of Dwarf Copperleaf plants:-

1) The leave and young shoots can be used as veggie and can be eaten as salad or ulam (Malay)
2) As a drink by boiling the plants in water for :-
    - cooling down the body heat,
    - to nourish the kidney, liver and good for the eyes,
    - for blood cleansing.
    - to lower cholesterol level and regulate blood flow,
    - for treatment of dizziness and headache.
    - for treatment of indigestion and fever.
3) Used as a paste to apply on acne, pimples, sprains, burns and eczema.
It is also claimed that the plants have anti virus and anti bacteria properties.

Caution:
Even though there are many positive claims on the benefits of the plants and there has been no known or reported side-effects, it is better to be cautious when taking natural herbs or over dosage.

The wise are cautious and avoid danger;

fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

(Proverbs 14:16, New Living Translation-NLT)

48 comments:

  1. Nancy, this is quite an attractive and unique looking plant.

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    1. Phong Hong, yes and it is also a very useful plant

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  2. Gorgeous colour! Love this beautiful plant, Nancy.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. It has many medicinal value too.

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  3. it's amazing:) kiss

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    1. Thank you, De. Have a lovely Sunday!

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  4. Don't think i seen this plant before...

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    1. Sharon, so this is your first time seeing this plant. You can grow this in flower pots.

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  5. I have seen this plant in the market & was told of its benefits & medicinal value by the seller. Don't dare to try. Heard that it is easy to plant & sprouting very fast.

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    1. It is selling in the wet market and I have seen people buying, plus my friends have also tried them, Oh yes, they easily sprout all over the garden, so far they are quite manageable in my garden.

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  6. Belas fotografias desta magnifica planta.
    Um abraço e bom Domingo.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco and best wishes to you too!

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  7. Hello and thanks for sharing that.

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  8. I like the color of the leaves but I would think twice before introducing it to my garden however I would grow it in a pot away from the garden. Some invasive plants are difficult to irradiate once established.
    Have a nice Sunday.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. Yes, its a good idea to grow them in a pot and keep it away from the garden area or else the seeds will find their way there. Have a lovely Sunday!

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  9. Hello, it is a pretty plant with lovely leaves. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  10. so great plant and healthy one. Have a nice week . Hugs from poland

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Hugs from Malaysia. Have a great week!

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  11. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting! What a wonderful plant! Have a beautiful Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Marie. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  12. Really? It helps to relieve eczema? I have eczema on my hands and I think my whole body, actually, but it mostly appears on my hands and gets so bad sometimes that it bleeds. Love your photos, and especially the one with the dew or rain droplets!

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    1. I am sorry to hear that you have eczema problem. I too have some skin allergy one in a while. I will have a try, just boil the water and drink and see if it is effective.

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  13. They are beautiful and you have an amazing green thumb.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you, Willaim. Have a great week!

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  15. This plant seems to have lots of benefits. I do believe if we eat a wide variety of plants we can prevent a lot of disease. Thanks for introducing me to this red dwarf copperleaf.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and comments. Have a lovely day!

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  16. Wow, it can cure acne? Pretty amazing...and very pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Have a great week!

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  17. Lovely plant, Nancy and wise words! I am the cautious type...lol! Happy Monday! ^.^

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Have a happy week!

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  18. Nice. I love how you can use this plant for so many things. And it is so "alive". Everything around here is becoming dormant.

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    1. Thank you, Erika. Over here we don't have the four seasons so our plants here do not go dormant. Have a beautiful week!

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    1. Mun, I have tried boiling the leave and drank it once. I boiled it plain, I didn't add anything else.

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  20. A pretty plant, and useful too!

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  21. Hi Nancy, may I know where is the place of wet markets selling these?

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    1. You can try the smaller towns or villages. I sometimes see them in Kg. Simee, Jelapang or Bercham wet market. Once you get some stem cuttings, you can grow them yourselves. They grow easily and low maintenance.

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  22. Hi ,
    Nice to know about the dark green and copper colored dwarf leaf. Live in DC area, Any idea where I can get the seeds.

    - Ana

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    1. Hello Ana, I am sorry I am not staying in DC so I have no idea at all. Have a lovely day!

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  23. Nancy this plant has great medicinal properties and it works well to lower blood pressure cholesterol and improves and keep the kidneys healthy I have been taking it for 6 months now.

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    1. Thank you, Cyril. Then I better start to take regularly to lower my cholesterol level. Have a great day!

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  24. it is called ponnagkanni keerai in tamil, it is green though good for eyesight. it has been used for years and years in indian culture.
    Ganesh

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    1. Thank you, dear for your information. I haven't seen or recognize any of the green ones here. I am only a beginner and there is plenty to learn about our local herbs and their usefulness.

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