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Abelmoschus moschatus - Plant

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It is an aromatic and medicinal plant native to India in the Malvaceae family.
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Description for Abelmoschus moschatus

The plant is native to India. It is an aromatic, medicinally important species. It is used as an antidote for snake bites, due to its anti-spasmodic activity. It is also used as an insecticide, as an aphrodisiac and in perfume industry.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
musk mallow pink June to frost 1.50 to 2.00 feet easy to grow

Planting and care

Plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian is a small bush with evergreen leaves.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun well-drained soil Medium 24°c Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Abelmoschus moschatus

    Epsom salts along with your fertilizer; the magnesium sulfate will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush Prune plants every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material. Wear elbow-length gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from thorns or a clumsy slip, but flexible enough to allow you to hold your tools.

Typical uses of Abelmoschus moschatus

Special features: The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: na

References

    http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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