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Sushni
Marsilea minuta
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 8-11+)
(Waterclover; Fern Clover; Sak) Brain food! Gotu kola, bacopa, and sushni make a trinity of top South Asian herbs used to enhance brain function. In Bangladesh and West Bengal sushni is commonly sold in vegetable markets as a medicinal leafy green, mainly to help overcome insomnia. It is cheaper and more readily available than prescription drugs. The fresh leaves are ground into a paste and eaten as chutney, or the whole leaves are eaten in salads or cooked like spinach. The plant contains marsiline, a substance with sedative and anticonvulsant properties. In clinical trials sushni was shown to reduce the incidence of epileptic seizures and increased the duration of sleep, with no withdrawal symptoms. Sushni has a powerful anti-cholesterol effect also: in one study it reduced blood cholesterol by 31% and liver cholesterol by 71% when fed to animals. The plant looks like clover, and forms beautiful mats like clover, but is actually a type of miniature fern. Like mimosa the leaves fold up at night. Prefers full sun.
P5430 Plants $6.25/ea, $14.10/3 plants
Currency: United States Dollar

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