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Prickly Chaff Flower, Apamarga - Plant

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It is an annual or perennial herb.
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Description for Prickly Chaff Flower, Apamarga

In India Prickly Chaff Flower, is available throughout the tropical and subtropical regions, under altitude of 4100 meters. This plant grows throughout the tropical and warmer regions of the world.
It was found to be the most prevalent herb in Shivbari sacred grove of Himachal Pradesh and an exotic medicinal plant of district Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
chaff-flower, prickly chaff flower, devils horsewhip Pink March to October 0.5 to 3ft 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

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full Sun to Partial Shade well-drained soil Medium 38-40ºC. Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Prickly Chaff Flower

  • 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 Prickly Chaff Flower

Special features: 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.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: It is used to treat various diseases such as leprosy, asthma, fistula, piles, arthritis, wound, insect and snake bite, renal and cardiac dropsy, kidney stone, diabetes, skin disorders, gynaecological disorders, gonorrhoea, malaria, pneumonia, fever, cough, pyorrhoea, dysentery, rabies, hysteria, toothache etc.

References

  • https://www.bimbima.com/ayurveda/herb-information-prickly-chaff/973/

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