☘ Origin: East and Southeast Asia, and parts of India
☘ Family: Primrose, Primulaceae
☘ Botanical Name: Ardisia Crenata
☘ Common Name(s): Coralberry Tree · Hen's-Eyes · Spiceberry · Australian Holly · Coral Ardisia · Coral Bush · Christmas Berry
In Victorian flower language, the berry symbolizes perfection and “sweetness in life and character.” It also represents modesty because the berries are often found under the leaves.
Like Cinderella dressed for the ball, this evergreen shrub is transformed in fall into a ravishing beauty, spectacularly adorned with red berries.
Having an Coralberry, as food-producing plant indoors should increase your feeling of abundance!
Because each plant bears a lot of fruit year-round, it attracts birds that help spread the seeds far and wide. And coral Ardisia grows in thickets, blocking out the growth of native plants. So when the original plant dies, there are already many seedlings growing up to take its place.
And once it has taken root, it’s hard to get rid of. Because of the way it stores nutrients in roots, it re-sprouts very quickly after being cut or burned.
Eventually it develops a monoculture - where the only thing growing in an area is this single species - which kills off the area’s biodiversity.
☘ Traditional medicinal uses attributed to Ardisia include alleviation of liver cancer, swelling, rheumatism, earache, cough, fever, diarrhea, broken bones, dysmenorrhea, respiratory tract infections, traumatic injuries, inflammation, pain, snake and insect bites, birth complications and to improve general blood circulation, among others. Ardisia species are rich in polyphenols, triterpenoid saponins, isocoumarins, quinones and alkylphenols.
☘ A summary of the uses, potential health benefits, adverse reactions and important bioactive phytochemicals isolated from the Ardisia species is presented.
☘ The information presented here exemplifies the potential of Ardisia species as a source of chemotherapeutic, chemo-modulating and/or chemopreventive agents.