All you cat lovers out there, doesn't this look familiar to you?
Except that this one is on a plant...LOL!
I guess that's how they derived the name, Cat Whiskers or locally known as "Misai Kucing".
It sure is a beauty.
Categorized as a local herb, it is the leaves which are sought after by the locals for health benefits. It is known to treat kidney related problems and reduce high blood pressure. Due to this, the Cat Whisker is found in every home garden in Malaysia.
The flowers come in two colors, white and purple. The stocks at the nursery back then were all in white, I was told. I wanted the one with purple flower. It was a baby plant then so I've no idea how they could be so sure of its color.
Since I wanted this plant so much to 'patrol' the pests in my garden, I've had no choice but to settle with the white ones. When the flowers bloomed for the first time,... in purple!!, I jumped with joy! Thank you God, a prayer I made in my heart for this wonderful blessing and beautiful surprise.
Now that I'm getting the color of my choice, I need to seriously consider propagating this plant and make more 'forts' on my garden front :)
Wish me luck!
Thank you for coming and may beautiful surprises await you in your garden of life :)