August 27th, 2009: Basket Plant (Callisia fragrans) by texastalley

The Bloom of the Day for August 27th, 2009 was Basket Plant (Callisia fragrans).

View the bloom of the day here: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/botd.php?date=2009-08-27

I've never seen nor heard of this plant before. Thanks for the introduction Texastalley.
It looks so healthy

Gonzales, LA

I have this beauty planted in the ground--makes an excellent base plant to ANYTHING.

(Zone 8a)

Lovely, it looks like a cross between a spider plant and a tradescantia :)

Tarpon Springs, FL

Thought this would be helpful, copied from http://goodstuff4you.ecrater.com/p/3943203/callisia-fragrans-family-doctor-plant

"Callisia Fragrans Has been studied in Russia for more then 20 years by scientists.
People call this plant house Ginseng, Family Doctor, Golden Moustache or heals 100 ailments.

We use the leaves for health support and for headaches.

Because of the presence of biologically active substances Callisia Fragrans can help fight various diseases. The whole plant posses curative compounds, juice is the same throughout the plant, although it's higher concentration in the stem. Callisia juice contains flavonoids two groups: quercetin and kemferol..(for diabetes) Quercetin has antioxidant and anti allergic properties and reduces the permeability of the capillaries, stabilizes membranes. Used to treat inflammatory diseases, arthritis and arthrosis, bronchial asthma, allergic skin and mucous diseases, cardiovascular diseases.

Properties kemferol - tonic, capillary-reinforcing, diuretic. It is used to treat urinary system, allergic diseases.
In addition to flavonoids in Callisia has a group of substances steroids - fitosterolov governing livelihoods plants. Steroids act as biological controls, help the body to stimulate protein synthesis cells, contributing to the early renewal of muscle tissue cells. Contents of Callisia Fragrans highly active substances such as beta-sitostirola, helps reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, strengthen and cleanse the walls of blood vessels. It is used for the treatment of atherosclerosis, metabolic diseases, endocrine system, inflammations of the prostate, etc.

In addition to flavonoids and steroids. Callisia Fragrans includes various vitamins and minerals. There is vitamin C, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and V15 (Pantothenic acid), vitamin RR (nicotine acid). The content of micro nutrient: copper, iron, nickel, etc."

Victoria, TX(Zone 9a)

Wow.. neat plant! Thanks for all the info Tarpon Deb!

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