It seems the rhizomes of this plant has numerous phytochemicals e.g. saponins, that are harvested for the medical industry.
Horticulturally, this slow-growing Ardisia has obviously bigger leaves than other members of this genus. It prefers shady conditions and under the dim light, the leaves develop a dark bluish-black tinge to it, especially on the underside. The lighter midrib and veins provide a strong contrast with the colour of the leaf blade. The texture of the leaves are also interesting to the touch.
Even without flowers, this Ardisia is a handsome plant to use in a shady area of the garden.