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Barleria Lupulina – Hop-headed Barleria

Barleria lupulina Lindl., known in Thai as “Salet phang phon” and Hop-headed Barleria in English.

The botanical name is Barleria lupulina Lindl., known in Thai as “Salet phang phon” and Hop-headed Barleria in English.

Barleria lupulina has many healing properties that have aroused the interest of modern medicine.

Barleria lupulina has many medical properties, below I have listed a few of the healing properties that Barleria lupulina is believed to have according to Thai traditional medicine.

It is believed to help treat, diabetes, toothache, dog bites, snake bites, insects bites, swellings, bleeding wounds, and rheumatism.

Recent studies have shown that Barleria lupulina Lindl., have many pharmacological properties including antibacterial, antioxidant and antitumor and anti-cancer activities besides having radiation protection.

One of the reasons B. lupulina have got the interest of modern medicine is because of its antibacterial properties.

Due to the rapid increase in the number of multiresistant bacteria, it has become necessary to resort to the traditional medicinal plants to find alternative cures when known antibiotics stop working.

The leaf of Barleria lupulina
Barleria lupulina have yellow flowers
Fresh from the farm
Replanted in a bigger plant-bag
First label
A place in the sun with partial shade
Dig a hole 3-4 times the size of the root ball.
Fill the hole with soil and give water.

References: Wikipedia, Herbpathy, MedThai,, Wikimedia Commons

Barleria lupulina Lindl.

Botanical name: Barleria Lupulina Lindl.

English name: Barleria, Hophead, Hop-headed Barleria, Philippine violet

Thai name:  เสลดพังพอน “Salet phang phon”

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Barleria

Species: B. lupulina

Flower: Yellow

Parts used in traditional medicine:

Leaves, Stem, Roots

Taste: Astringent


Fast growing perennial evergreen shrub, it can grow up to 150 cm.

Origin: Native to eastern India and Mauritius.

Range: Africa, Tropical Asia, Northern Australia.

Care: Grow best in full sun or partial shade in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil