Externally, the plant looks like a clover, the most common color of flowers are pink, purple, and white. A gently pink infusion with a delicate floral aroma comes from the flower and is used in oriental medicine as a treatment for and prevention of asthma and bronchitis. An infusion of flowers from gomfrena is recommended for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and for strengthening the walls of blood vessels. Wild-growing gomfrena is found in China, India, and Africa.
It is interesting that in the Western world gomfrena is used as a decorative flower, but in the East the useful properties of this beautiful plant have long been appreciated. The petals of gomphrena are rich in trace elements and vitamins, among which iron and B vitamins dominant. Gomphrena is frequently used in the binding teas as a flavoring component.