The chanana, or Turnera subulata , is known for its ornamental flowers that bring great beauty to the garden . Common in several regions of the country, the plant is easy to grow and very resistant. In addition, it has medicinal properties, being widely used for health. Next, check out the main characteristics of the plant and the benefits of having it at home.
what is chanana
Chanana is a herbaceous plant common in regions of Tropical America and very present in Brazil. According to gardener and florist Flávia Kremer , “it is a PANC plant (Non-Conventional Food Plant) and has edible flowers”. In addition, it is easy to grow, being present in different environments, such as public gardens, streets and even vacant lots.
Chanana x Damiana
Chanana is present in several regions of the country, also known as Damiana. According to the gardener, “the name gives rise to the same plant and, therefore, there are no differences between them”. Finally, chanana can still be known as Turnera, Organillo, Albina, Boa-noite, Bom-dia and Flor-do-Guarujá.
Benefits of growing chanana
- According to gardener Flávia Kremer, chanana is a plant that helps in the treatment of respiratory problems, as it has an expectorant action. It is commonly used in the treatment of bronchitis;
- The plant is known to have antidepressant properties and thus helps in the treatment of depression and anxiety;
- The flower improves the digestive function of the body, as it has properties that aid in digestion. In addition, its use prevents, for example, constipation;
- A common feature of chananas is their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action. The plant can help improve urinary tract infections;
- Finally, it has aphrodisiac properties, which help increase sexual libido, also improving male impotence.
Chanana offers many health benefits and should only be consumed under medical supervision. That way, you will use its medicinal properties safely.
How to take care of channa
It is not difficult to enjoy the beauty of chananas and their health benefits, as the plant is rustic and easy to grow. However, it requires care and maintenance, just like any other plant. So, check out 6 tips from gardener Flávia Kremer to make sure you don’t make mistakes when growing the flower:
According to Flávia, chanana should only be irrigated when the soil is very dry, as it is considered a rustic plant. “It is very resistant to the driest periods and blooms all year round”.
Chananas do not need fertilization, as they are very resistant and do not require much care in this regard. However, if you want to choose a fertilizer for the plant, prefer the NPK type granulate, with the formulation 4-14-08. It can be applied in spring.
3. ideal soil
“The soil for chanana can be very basic, with common black earth mixed with sand. The plant can grow well in poorly fertile, sandy and saline soil. That is why it is found in many places, such as walls and public roads”, explained Kremer.
Sunlight is essential for plants to grow healthy and chanana is no different. According to Kremer, proper lighting for the flower should be direct. That way, it will grow stronger and bloom more often.
5. How to make seedlings
“The chananas have good branching and are easy to propagate. They can be multiplied by cuttings and by their seeds”, stated Kremer.
6. Where to grow
Finally, chanana is easy to grow and adapts to different soil conditions and environments. However, the gardener recommends planting it in gardens, as the plant has long stems and branches, and propagates easily.
From these tips, it’s clear that it’s pretty easy to take care of chananas, isn’t it? They are easy to grow and maintain, so they are perfect for beginning gardeners. See below for more information about this plant so you don’t have any doubts!
Learn more about Chanana
Finally, to ensure a perfect result in the cultivation of chanana, it is also worth staying on top of extra tips about it. So, check out a selection of videos with more curiosities and information about the flower:
More tips on how to grow chanana ( click “cc” for translation )
Did you know that chanana flowers close during the night period? Well, in this video by landscaper Nô Figueiredo you will get great tips for growing the plant. In addition, it highlights the main curiosities. It is important to check out the video, as it also provides a tip on how to optimally consume this PANC plant.