Dronpushpi - Plant
Description for Dronpushpi
Head Leucas is an annual herb with stems erect, unbranched or with few branches, 10 to 50 cm, leafy, hairy with spreading and adpressed retrorse hairs. Leaves are narrow oblong-elliptic, cuneate, nearly entire to slightly toothed, up to 8 x 2 cm, with long and short eglandular hairs denser below. Leaf-stalk on lower leaves is nearly-absent to about 5 mm
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Guma, dronpushpi or drona puspi,||White||July-October.||30 to 90 cm||Easy to grow|
Planting and 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
|Full Sun||Well-drained soil||Medium||-||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Dronpushpi
- 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.
Typical uses of Dronpushpi
Special features: Flowers are white, about 1.5 cm, upper lip bearded; lower lip clearly longer than upper. Nutlets are narrow oblong, bluntly trigonous, about 3 x 2 mm. Head Leucas is found in cultivated fields as a weed, especially after a period of rain
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose
Medicinal use: Unverified information It is cultivated for its medicinal uses and is readily available in markets. One of the plant s most common historical uses has been as a treatment for snakebite. It is also steeped in water which is then used for bathing and for washing livestock.
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