Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi is a sprawling, water lover at home in tubs.
Brahmi is a sprawling, water lover at home in tubs.

Common names: Brahmi, Water Hyssop, Indian Pennywort, Memory Herb

Taxonomic name: Bacopa monnieri

Family: Plantaginaceae

Uses: Memory improvement, digestion

Area of origin: Across the northern hemisphere

Warnings: Can cause nausea and gastrointestinal upset.

A sprawling, water lover.
Succulent and densely growing.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a sprawling herb that is home in the wet, even brackish, conditions of marshes throughout Asia.

It is one of the Ayurvedic herbs that are used to improve one’s memory and may even be useful in degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Being quite bitter, it helps digestion and increases energy through stimulating the liver and gall bladder. Improving memory as well as increasing energy and general well being marks Brahmi as a herb that can help anxiety as well.

Brahmi lIves dappled sunlight.

Brahmi grows well in tubs and ponds, even hanging baskets if they are kept damp. It will take partial shade or full Sun unless its at the very height of Summer. It is easily propagated by cuttings, just get a piece with a couple of roots on it and away you go.

A little white Brahmi flower

It is a sprawling herb that can quickly take over a tub or pond. Its spreading stems have small but succulent leaves and white, star shaped, five petaled flowers. It has a distinctive taste that makes this memory herb quite memorable.