Argyreia nervosa | Hawaiian Baby Woodrose | HBWR | Silberkraut


Argyreia nervosa | Hawaiian Baby Woodrose | HBWR | Silberkraut

  • Fresh stock – April 2019


Family: Convolvulaceae

Genus: Argyreia

Common names: Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, Adhoguda, vidhara, Elephant Creeper, Wholly Morning Glory, Bastantri, Holzrose, Jatapmasi, Marikkunni, Marututari, Mile-A-Minute, Miniature Woodrose, Monkey Rose, Samandar-ka-pat, Samudrasos, Silberkraut, Silver Morning Glory, Soh-ring-kang, Woodrose.



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Argyreia nervosa | Hawaiian BabyWoodRose

Native Use

Interestingly, this plant in particular has little known use as a traditional medicine, whereas its cousin plants, Rivea corymbosa (ololiuqui) and Ipomoea tricolor (tlitliltzin) do. The chemical constituents of these three species are very similar.

Traditionally, the cousin seeds were used for in shamanic rituals in Central America for thousands of years. Ololiuqui, very similar in action to Hawaiian Babt Woodrose, was used long time ago to induce an altered state of consciousness, including colourful spiritual visions, euphoria, extreme relaxation, deep sleep and spiritual awareness as well as heightened body sensation.


Argyreia nervosa also known as Elephant creeper is a perennial climbing vine; although it has been regarded as being an invasive, it certainly is a beautiful plant to behold. It is believed to be native to India, and now can be found growing in other areas such as Hawaii, Africa and the Caribbean.

In the proper environment, the vine can reach a height of 10 meters. HWBR has large trumpet shaped leaves with velvet-like hairs. The flowers themselves are purple in colour, fading to a lovely lavender colour towards the opening of the flower. The seeds are furry and are found within the seedpods. Typically, there are four to six seeds in each pod.

Scientific Information

Argyreia nervosa from the Convolvulaceae family is an important ‘rasayana’ herb used extensively as an adaptogen in the Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is commonly known as Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, Elephant creeper or Woolly morning glow in English and in Sanskrit, it is called as Vridhadaraka meaning ‘anti-aging’

The root is regarded as an alternative tonic, and a wide range of phytochemicals has been

isolated from the plant and possesses various traditional and tribal uses for cure of human ailments. Pharmacological activities such as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, immunomodulatory, apoptogenic and hepatoprotective have also been reported. Adverse side effects have made the use of many modern medicines limited and it is worthwhile to

explore the possibility of this plant for different conditions. More research is necessary to establish more precise assumptions.


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