Asystasia intrusa, Asystasia gangetica Linn., Purple Primrose, Zamboangenita
Found this small, branching herb at a village in Laguna. We considered this as a weed when I was growing up but now it is cultivated as an ornamental plant. This plant is used in folk medicine---leaves and flowers are used as intestinal astringent; in Africa, infusion of Asystasia is used to ease the pain during childbirth, asthma is treated with leaves and sap is applied to swellings and rheumatism. It is also edible is some countries. Source
Oh, the powers of nature! She knows what we need, and the doctors know nothing. ~ Benvenuto Cellini
Linking to Macro Flower Saturday and Today's Flowers
nice, am sure I have seen them. Got frangipani like your header today. I felt embarassed going to people's front driveway to take the photo.
It looks like it has a sweet aroma too.
What a beautiful little flower. It is much to pretty to be just a weed. Thanks for the info on its medicinal properties.
Lovely purple flowers.
It's a beautiful flower! I can't call it a weed. :)
Your last shot is so lovely!!! It would make a lovely greeting card.
Those are beautiful flowers. I like these shots so much.
Beautiful blooms. Love the colour.
Lovely flowers, lovely shots.
Have a great week, Luna :)
How interesting! I guess whether it's a weed or flower is in the eyes of the beholder! I'd definitely vote for flower -- it's beautiful.
Wish you a wonderful day.
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