Botanical Name: Gynura procumbens
Other names this plant goes by are Sambung nyawa ‘life extender’ , Daun Dewa, Akar Sebiak, Kelemai Merah, Bai Bing Ca. A fleshy perennial plant, growing to a height of approx. 80cm with yellow/orange thistle like flowers. The branches can be trimmed to make the plant bushy or you can stake the stems. The young leaves and shoots can be eaten fresh in salads or added to rice or noodle dishes. You can cook like spinach, sauté in butter or oil and a little garlic or add to soups or stews. Sambung has many medicinal uses including being useful for regulating blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol and to treat high blood pressure as well as inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. It is also a useful forage plant for poultry.