Botanical Name: Mansoa alliacea
Family: Bignoniaceae ( trumpet-creeper family.)
Species: M. alliacea ( tropical liana)
*Adenocalymma alliaceum (Miers)
*Adenocalymma sagotii (Bureau & K. Schum)
*Bignonia alliacea (basionym)
*Pseudocalymma alliaceum (Sandwith)
*Pseudocalymma sagotti (Bureau & K. Schum)
Common Names: Garlic vin,(False garlic) Among the mestizos of the Amazon rainforest it is known as Ajo sacha, a Spanish-Quechua name that means “Forest garlic” or “Wild garlic”. Pachypteraalliacea, Bignonia aequinoctialis, Mansoa alliacea and Pseudocalymma Aliasum.
Bengali Name : Parul or Lata Parul.
Habitat : It is native to Northern South America,and has spread to Central America and Brasil. It grows in tropical jone. M. alliacea has been exported overseas, and grows in the favourable climates of (for example) Puerto Rico, Southern Africa, Thailand and India. It is cultivated in the West Indies.
Mansoa alliacea can either be described as a shrub or a vine since it produces numerous woody vines from the root that grow only 2-3 m tall and form a shrub-like appearance. It produces bright green leaves up to 15 cm long. Its compact habitat and pretty continuous flowers make it a popular ornamental plant in gardens in the tropics. Flowering twice a year you will find it quite often covered with flowers. Flowers start off purple with white throat and change to a lighter shade of lavender with age. Eventually fading to almost white. You will see 3 different color of flowers at the same time on the plant. It can be grown in containers and should be trimmed after the flowers are gone.
This plant is a popular ornamental plant in compact, beautiful and continuous flower tropical gardens. It blossoms twice a year and is covered with abundant flowers. Its flowers begin to turn white on the throat and purple at the top and turn into a lavender light shade over time, and eventually, the white is almost lost. You will find 3 different colors of flowers on the plant at the same time. It can also be grown easily in the containers, but after flowering, it is necessary to sorting when the flower ends.
Location and soil:
Garlic vine likes full sun, so choose a place So choose a place, where there are more than 6 hours of sunshine. Due to its large size and its thought of as tender nature, it is more practical to develop it in outdoor gardens.
Mansoa alliacea plants prefer warm temperatures and cold temperatures in the summer. Normal temperatures throughout the year for Mansoa alliacea is very good. It is hardy for temperatures above 34-36 degrees Fahrenheit, should avoid cold temperatures. In the tropical and sub-tropical areas, it flourishes very well in outdoor.
Garlic vines like moderate water and drained rich organic soil. These plants should be given water regularly. You can water twice a day during hot summers and dry weather.
Mansoaalliacea can be propagated very well by cutting; semi-hardwood cutting is good for its propagation. Each stem should have at least 3-4 nodes. For the planting, remove the remaining leaves except for one pair of the above. With a potting mix in a pot, sand and compost together can start the rooting process. The best time to apply stem cutting is rainy. Typically the plant gets rooted in a few weeks, and in almost a month it is ready for re-pot. It can also be propagated by air-leveling or marcotting.
Edible Uses: False Garlic vines can be used as a substitute for garlic in the food.
Mansoa alliacea is a very common and well respected plant remedy in the Amazon for the pain and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism, as well as, colds, flu, and fever. Some capsule products of the leaves are sold in stores in Brazil and Peru, and it can be found as an ingredient in other various multi-herb formulas for cold and flu, pain, inflammation and arthritis in general. The use of ajos sacha is just catching on in the U.S. market; a few products are now available and it is showing up in several formulas for colds and arthritis here as well.
One of the top garlic vine uses is to grow it on a chain link fence. Be careful if you use a wooden structure since the vine can get woody and heavy. It can be grown in containers and should be trimmed after the flowers are gone.
Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.