Gynostemma pentaphyllum is known in China as Jiaogulan. An important nickname of the Jiaogulan is: 'herb of immortality'. This nickname explains why this climbing plant is so popular in Asia and is slowly becoming known in Europe as well. This is because in the natural growth area (China, Japan and Thailand) of the Jiaogulan, many 100+ people live and drink Jiaogulan tea on a daily basis. The substances from the Jiaogulan consist for a large part of antioxidants, adaptogen and cholesterol-lowering substances. The vine is also said to strengthen the immune and nervous systems, stimulate the liver and regulate the blood circulation.
In good conditions (20+ degrees), the vine grows very quickly and can reach a maximum height and width of about 4 metres. The Jiaogulan is deciduous and (slightly) hardy, so it needs to be taken care of during harsh winters. Furthermore, in a warm and stable summer it can produce yellow-green flowers.