A small vine, fast growing and flowering.
Very ornamental with vivid solitary flowers bright white and yellow or white center.
All parts of the plant are edible, and their flowers are widely used as a food coloring and in the preparation of teas.
In Southeast Asia, the flower is used to color rice and pasta. In Burmese and Thai cuisine, flowers are also dipped in batter and fried.
The flowers are rich in phytochemicals such as flavonoids and anthocyanins with antioxidant, hepatoprotective and anti-diabetic activities.
Its name is allusive to the shape of the flower and the roots, when used in the form of tea, are emenagogues, that is, they cause menstruation. Perhaps this is one reason why this vine is so connected to the feminine world, sensuality and fertility. In regions close to the cane gulf it is used for green manure and, on the banks of rivers, where they grow spontaneously, their fruits fall into the water helping the dispersion of seeds; they are sticky and stick to certain animals that also guarantee the germination of new plants.
Malayas from the halmahera islands, ceram and buru, in the moluccas, dye their pareos blue using the petals of their flowers, this way their robes combined better with the marine indigo that surrounds them. (Raul canovas)
It is a very rustic vine, easy to grow, that requires little space, little or no care and that blooms throughout the year.
It can be planted in vegetable gardens by providing natural fertilizer and fixing nitrogen to the soil.
Currently, flowers are added in the preparation of drinks to color drinks and in the preparation of gourmet foods worldwide.