Filipino Indigenous Vegetable – Bagbagkong

Bagbagkong is an Ilokano term, for the plant that looks like a weed, sprouting at the onset of the rainy season. It is native to Nueva Vizcaya. It could be mistaken for grass, if not for the tiny bell-like flowers with a pale green to almost white hue. Some have pinkish to lavender streaks along the edges of the blooms, which sprout in clumps.


Filipinos use bagbagkong in cooking with:
1. squash
2. tinola
3. dinengdeng.
4. pinakbet.
Or as garnishing with favorite vegetables.

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I saw this beside rambutan plant. Mother-in-law confirmed its bagbagkong. I never thought this plant grows here in Cavite.

bagbagkong vine

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14 Replies to “Filipino Indigenous Vegetable – Bagbagkong”

  1. Hi!

    I am looking for bagbagkong. You said that you have this vegetable in your place, Cavite. DO you still have bagbagkong? I am willing to pay.


  2. When I try to post from the iPad2, it will let me select a picture, then the application crashes. It is an iPad2 64GB, Verizon, but we are connected through WIFi.


    1. Hi, We are trying to find the English for this (Bagbagkong) to see if we can get seeds in the US. It looks like it is identified as Ampupuyat and Dregea Volubilis in a paper from ASIST 2006, however the pictures we find for Dregea Volubilis do not look like Bagbagkong. Can anyone help with this? Thank you very much!

    2. i am a researcher and at present is conducting research on the documentation and mass propagation of indigenous vegetables. one is bagbagkong. I have several pictures from seedling till flowering and harvesting of flowers and the dried pods. I have already seeds of it as it is my objective in my research to produce seeds of these indigenous vegetables. the dried pods is really beautiful and 1 pod produces from 250 to 300 fine papery seeds with cottony structure at one end to help the seeds fly away to a far distance maybe even a kilometer.

      1. Thanks! It’s very interesting. Hope I can get seeds and plant it too. Sadly, brother killed the one and only vine we had!

  3. Telosoma cordata – Sabidukong, Mileguas, tonkin jasmine
    Dregea Volubilis – ampupuyat, bagbagkong, green wax flower, cotton milk plant

  4. Telosema cordata is sabidukong or tonkin jasmine also known as mileguas
    Dregea volubilis is bagbangkong or ampupuyat or cotton milk vine

  5. Does bagbagkong have medicinal value, are the pods triangular in shape, seems the vine on our langkr tree is it, pls reply, Thank You.

    1. No formal studies and anecdotal literatures mentioning its medicinal uses. There are very rare studies about indigenous veggies. Please show us the picture so we can compare!

  6. Tonkin Jasmine/Sabidukong is plenty in Agno, Pangasinan. Every backyard has it. We also have one and it grows better and produce more flowers when planted near a guava or tamarind tree.

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