1) General Information:
a) Scientific name: Orthosiphon aristatus
b) Region of Origin: Tropical East Asia
c) Type: Beautiful & Useful
d) General History: Cat’s Whisker’s clearly gets its name from the hairs that protrude from the flowers, which look like cat’s whiskers. It is a beautiful plant that is native to South-East Asia and Australia. It has been introduced to Fiji and Samoa and is now classed as an invasive species there, as so often happens with non-native plants.
2) Plant Uses:
a) As Food: /
b) As Medicine: Java Tea, which is used to help pass kidney stones, is made from Cat’s Whiskers. It is also used to contain high blood pressure, diabetes, and for anti-cellulite treatments. CAUTION: Long-term Java tea consumption may lead to low sodium levels in the body. Also, avoid the herb during pregnancy.
c) Other Uses: Cat’s Whiskers are excellent for the home landscape as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to the plant for its nectar. One interesting fact about the plant.
3) Growing Instructions
a) Growing: Full sun is recommended, but the plant will grow with several hours of filtered light combined with spotty direct sun. The plant needs regular watering and monthly feedings with a complete and balanced fertilizer. It also can grow from seed and is easy to propagate by cuttings.
b) Best time to Harvest: /
c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight
d) Soil Requirements: n/a
e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating
f) Controlling Spread: n/a
g) Difficulties with this plant: n/a
h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: n/a
Location on property: Garden – A