What is the plant
Garlic Vine, the name derived because the leaves when crushed smells like garlic. However, it doesn't smell if the plant is left alone.It is beautiful ornamental flowering vine with opposite leaves divided into two ovates leaflets. It produces numerous woody vines from the root that grow only 2-3 m tall and form a shrub-like appearance with bright green leaves up to 15 cm long. Blooming twice a year, flowers are funnel shaped , start off purple with white throat and change to a lighter shade of lavender with age. Eventually fading to almost white.Three different color of flowers can be seen at the same time on the plant.The plant is used as herbal medicine in Peru & Brazil as an analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic. An infusion or leaves in decoction is used as a common remedy for Cold, flue, pneumonia, cough, fever and headache.
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