Monday, September 10, 2012

Misai Kucing Tea

I have read that the Misai Kucing tea is known for its therapeutic value for generations. It grows up to about 1.5 metre high and the flowers's long filament was the factor that gave the plant its bizarre Malay name which literally means cat's whiskers.  It is recommended for good kidney function, prevention of urinary tract infections, maintaining optimal liver function and preventing gout. It has been used for generations to treat circulatory disorders, kidney stones, hypertension and diabetes. The leaves have diuretic elements that help eliminate uric acid in the body, a source of many physiological problems.

I was so happy when I found this plant growing nicely in my sister-in-law's house and immediately planted it in my little garden. This is my little garden of Misai Kucing in full bloom:

 I just love this beautiful flower with long filaments.

Even the side view is such a pretty sight don't you think!?


Slisen said...

Beautiful flowers; and great pictures.

knitterPat said...

Thanks Sandy! Want to plant some?

Slisen said...

Oh my. I don't think the customs police would like that very much. And the beauties probably wouldn't survive our harsh winters; I'm sure they like your heat and humidity better. They sure are gorgeous though.