(50-70 days. Centella asiatica) Bright green and turgid, the tasty leaves of gotu kola (aka ‘Brahmi’ or ‘Indian Pennywort’) are valued as a salad ingredient and as an energy tonic that gives long life. The plant is slow growing at first, but when the weather warms up and the plant is set in ideal conditions, it spreads rapidly and can produce up to 10 pounds of green portion per plant per season! Gotu kola prefers part shade, humid air, fast-draining, fertile soil and very regular watering. Plants grown in the garden may be planted to a pot in the fall and over-wintered in a sunny window, then planted back to the garden when the summer comes around again.