Centella asiatica, commonly known as Gotu Kola, Indian pennywort, Asiatic pennywort or Mandookparni, is a herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant in the flowering plant family Apiaceae. It is native to the wetlands in Asia.
Centella asiatica, more commonly known as gotu kola, has enjoyed a long history as a medicinal herb in the Orient. Gotu kola, an evergreen perennial and creeping ground cover, is sensitive to frost. The plant features scalloped, inch-long leaves, small pinkish flowers, and measures 8 inches tall by about 3 feet wide. It thrives in boglike conditions, making it an ideal choice for gardens with moist soil and a lack of strong, direct sunlight. Gotu kola is also tolerant of most soil types, including clay, sand and loam. Propagate gotu kola by seed to grow this useful and attractive plant in your garden.