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Cat's Whiskers blossom attracts the attention of a honey bee. I discovered this growing in the Black Pearl Neighborhood of New Orleans, where rich soil deposits from years of pre-levee flooding and a lengthy growing season provide excellent conditions for plants.
Orthosiphon aristatus F. Lamiaceae - also known as Cat's Whiskers, or Java Tea, is a fast growing, perennial bush, 1-2 metres tall, indigenous to south east Asia and Australiaís tropical North Queensland. Multi-branched stems have opposite, ovate leaves to 5cm with fine toothed margins. Terminal flower stems carry whorls of white, two-lipped flowers and protruding purple stamens, which give the flower its characteristic catís whiskers appearance.
It has been used successfully in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for several centuries in the treatment of kidney diseases, urinary stones, rheumatic pains and coughs.
August 29th, 2012
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