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Centella asiatica
Brahmi, Thai Pennywort Seeds
  • Hardy to Zone 9
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested N/A
  • 10+ seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
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Estimated to be back in stock December 2024

Gotu kola, also called brahmi, is a medicinal and edible herb that has been used in Asia for over 2000 years. It is used to improve memory and brain function, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote clear thought. It can also be used topically, and is fabulous for healing wounds and fading scars, including preventing and healing stretch marks. I infuse the dried herb in oil and add it to my popular "belly balm" for pregnant people. The fresh leaves taste like strong parsley. The leaves and stems can be made into a tea or tincture, or used fresh in salads and smoothies.

Gotu kola likes consistent moisture. Include lots of compost and some material for drainage (eg perlite) and water it regularly. If it's wilting it needs more water. Harvest leaves by cutting the stems close to the soil line. Gotu kola forms a low ground cover by sending out runners that root at the nodes where they touch the soil (like strawberries). Does well in pots.

Gotu kola can be tricky to start from seed. It is very slow to sprout! But keep the soil consistently moist and warm and they will start popping up after about 4 weeks, and new seeds will continue sprouting for about another 4 weeks. You can do it! Detailed growing instructions below.

Hardy to USDA plant hardiness zones 9b or above, but can be grown as an annual in colder climates, or brought inside over winter.

Growing Instructions

Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date (or earlier if you have the space) on a heat mat or warm place (room temp is fine). I use a basic seed starting mix, such as promix HP, in flats or small pots. THE SEEDS TAKE 4-8 WEEKS TO GERMINATE, and must be kept moist the whole time. If the soil dries out the seeds may perish. Plastic wrap on top of the cell tray/pot can help keep moisture in. I find the earliest seeds start sprouting around 3-4 weeks, and then the rest pop op erratically over the newer several weeks. Be patient and keep them moist, and they will come up!

Prick out seedlings and transplant to larger pots when they have their first true leaves. Move outdoors gradually after danger of frost. I grow my gotu kola in large pots so I can bring them inside for the winter to harvest leaves for a longer season, but they can also be transplanted directly in the ground. Gotu kola likes a lot of heat and moisture. If growing in a pot, use a saucer to catch water- the plants seem to like it when the pot is sitting in a bit of water. Plant in a sunny spot. I've heard that it can do very well cascading down a sunny rock wall.

Plants appreciate compost and/or a liquid organic fertilizer such as fish or seaweed emulsion throughout the growing season, especially if grown in pots.

Please reach out if you have questions about your seed starting setup.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

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Came quickly and in perfect shape! Appreci...

Came quickly and in perfect shape! Appreciate the seller offering their help with germinating/getting successful sprouts, too :D Will buy more from here in the future! Excited to get to planting