The first, Murdannia loriformis, is known as both Angel Grass and Beijing Grass. It is a prolific shade grower, and my small mother plant now has 5 daughter plants!
|Murdannia loriformis, "Angel Grass", MR, 2014|
In an NIH study, M. loriformis inhibited colon cancer. The leaves provide antioxidants and seem to modulate the immune system. In Asia, the leaves are used to counter the undesirable side effects of chemotherapy. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), chemotherapy is considered very hot and yang, while Murdannia is considered cold and yin, so it helps to balance the body during chemo.
As far as growing it, it is a grass and in filtered sun and plenty of water with rich soil, it grows very fast. You can break up the clumps and repot individually, or grow it like a spider plant- when stems with root nodes appear, place it in a new pot. You can cut the stem immediately, or keep it attached to the mother plant until it roots. The only pest I've noted on this grass is scale insect. But it seems very hardy to scale, so if you spot a few on the plant, it's not a tragedy.
The next plant is Gynura procumbens, aka Longevity Spinach or Cholesterol Spinach:
|Gynura procumbens, MR 2014|