About Wild Cosmos

It is a wild plant which needs little care and originates from the Americas. It is said to be bought to the East by sailing Spaniards (who used them as vegetables) back in the days of frenzied quests by Europeans for South-Asian spices.  Its flowers are ray florets of color gradients between white, rose pink to violet.  They can be propagated via seeds.

You can get this from wet markets, usually sold by local Malays who use it as one variety of ulam (raw salad).  It is traditionallyused for blood detoxification. The chloroform-like substance extracted from the plant contains costunolide, stigmasterol, lutein and bypyridine which are strong agents against bacteria and fungi such as E. Coli and Candida Albicans.

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