07 August 2010


This is a very interesting member of the Ardisia genus, which is the largest in the Myrsinaceae Family.

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.