Gotu kola is a very important, yet little known "weed" here in Southwest Florida.
Here's Dollar weed (left) and Gotu kola (right) side by side::
Here's how to tell them apart. Dollar Weed has the stem coming out of the center of the back of the leaf. Gotu kola appears round, but it does have a little "slit", and the stem comes out of that slit. Like so:
I've read quite a few web pages on the Gotu kola plant and apparently if you eat just three fresh leaves a day it can improve brain function. And boy, do I need all the help I can get in that area! I have Gotu kola growing in my front yard as well as at work in the little ditch in front of my parking spot. Now that's exciting! I see a little experiment waiting to happen...