Prickly chaff flower - Plant
Common name: chaff-flower, prickly chaff flower, devil s horsewhip,
Bloom time: March–October
Height: 0.5 to 3ft
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
An accurate soil test will tell you where your pH currently stands. Acidic (sour) soil is counteracted by applying finely ground limestone, and alkaline (sweet) soil is treated with ground sulfur.If you order roses from a mail-order company, order early, in January or February (March at the latest). They are usually shipped in the spring as bare roots when plants are fully dormant, well before they have leafed out
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
- Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
- A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.
From the head of the demon sprung the herb Apamarga, with the assistance of which Indra was able to kill all demons. Hence this plant has the reputation of being a powerful talisman, and is now popularly supposed to act as a safeguard against scorpions and snakes by paralysing them.
- Unverified information Different parts of the plant are ingredients in many native prescriptions in combination with more active remedies.
- In Western India the juice is applied to relieve toothache.
- The ashes with honey are given to relieve cough; the root in dosed of one tola is given at bedtime for night blindness, and rubbed into a paste with water it is used as an anjan (eye salve) in opacities of the cornea.
- The seeds are often used as a famine food in India, especially in Rajputana, where the plant is called Bharotha (grass).
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use, please consult appropriate doctor before use.
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