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Bitter kola - Plant

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Bitter kola or Garcinia kola is a plant that originated in Africa with a plethora of uses.
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Description for Bitter kola

Garcinia kola is a species of flowering plant in the Clusiaceae or Guttiferae family. It is found in Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Wikipedia

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Garcinia kola cream 2 weeks 39 to 66 ft easy to grow

Planting and care

Dig a hole 2 to 3 times as deep as the bulbs are high and set the bulb in the hole pointy side up. Fill the hole with soil and tamp gently.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil Medium 21.40C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Bitter kola

    Start with pruning shears for smaller growth. Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick. A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.

Typical uses of Bitter kola

Special features: The bitter kola is a good source of Quinone, which is known for its anti-malaria properties.

Culinary use: Kola nuts sold in the market or on roadside for consumption.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose

Medicinal use: The fruit, seeds, nuts and bark of the plant have been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat ailments from coughs to fever.

References

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garcinia_kola

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