Common names include spiderlings and hogweeds. "Spiderling" refers to the appearance of those species that bear inflorescences on numerous long, slender stems, interlocking in a manner suggestive of a spider or spider's web.
The genus was named for Herman Boerhaave, a Dutch botanist, and the genus name is frequently misspelled "Boerhaavia".
Boerhavia species generally are native to warm tropical regions.
Herbal medicine boerhavia diffusa natural remedy for jaundice
Boerhavia scandens L. – climbing spiderling, climbing wartclub, wishbone vine
Boerhavia spicata Choisy – creeping spiderling
Boerhavia triquetra S.Wats. – slender spiderling
Boerhavia wrightii Gray – Wright's boerhavia
Agricultural and horticultural significance
Several species of Boerhavia are of importance as agricultural and horticultural weeds. Some are valued as forage for grazing livestock, and some, such as Boerhavia erecta, also are of use as human food and folk medicine.