Common Name: Calico plant
Scientific Name: Alternanthera Bettzickiana
Family Name: Amaranthaceae
The leaves and young shoots are edible, eaten in salads or as a vegetable. Leaves and young shoots can be consumed raw or cooked. Mild flavored, they can be eaten in salads or boiled and used as a vegetable.
Alternanthera bettzickiana is used to treat anemia in children. It is also used to treat arthritis, gastrointestinal distress, and emmenogogue, menstrual cramps, to promote lactation, to improve blood circulation and prevent dementia. It is also ground and used to treat snake bites. The cooked vegetable is given to anemic children in order to improve their health.