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Cat`s Whiskers or Java Tea (Orthosiphon aristatus)
Cat`s Whiskers or Java Tea (Orthosiphon aristatus)Name: Cat`s Whiskers or Java Tea (Orthosiphon aristatus)

DESCRIPTION: This pretty perennial herb grows to around 1m tall. The leaves are attractively toothed and slightly hairy. Spikes of white tubular flowers with exceptionally long white stamens (thus Cat`s Whiskers) are borne for much of the year in warm climates.

ORIGIN: South-east Asia & Northern Australia.

CULTIVATION: An easily grown plant for warm climates, Cat`s Whiskers requires a sunny, well-drained location. It is drought tolerant and adaptable to a range of soil types. The plant can be propagated by seed or by softwood cuttings.

USES: Orthosiphon aristatus is a plant used in traditional medicine, especially for kidney complaints. A tea made from the leaves has diuretic properties. The plant is also an ornamental garden specimen.
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