Marsh Glory is a semi aquatic plant found commonly in marshy, water logged places of the India’s Western Ghats and hence the name ‘Marsh Glory’. The plant grows in water as well as in moist soil with hollow stems and branching, bulbous roots.
It has bright green, edible foliage and trumpet shaped white to mauve flowers that bloom October – June. The flowers form seeds that are used for planting.
Marsh Glory is the food plant for the Death’s head hawkmoth and glory hawkmoth caterpillars. It is also known as water spinach and used as a leafy vegetable in much of Southeast Asia, as well as in Kerala where the leaves are chopped and mixed with coconut for the dish thoran.