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Vasaka, Adusa, Justicia Adhatoda - Plant

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Justicia adhatoda, commonly known in English as Malabar nut, adulsa, adhatoda, vasa, or vasaka, is a medicinal plant native to Asia, widely used in Siddha Medicine, Ayurvedic, homoeopathy and Unani systems of medicine.
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Description for Vasaka, Adusa, Justicia Adhatoda

Malabar nut is a small evergreen, the sub-herbaceous bush which grows commonly in open plains, especially in the lower Himalayas

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Justicia adhatoda white February-March Up to 14 feet 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 well-drained soil Medium Full to partial sunlight Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Vasaka

    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.

Harvesting

The young tender shoots are harvested.

Typical uses of Vasaka

Special features: The Leaves are 10 to 16 cms in length, minutely hairy and broadly lanceolate. A herbal plant which requires very little watering and is an extremely hardy plant is Malabar nut. If there is one herbal plant that needs to be singled out for propagation and planting on a large scale, it would be this one.

Culinary use: leaves

Ornamental use: The plant is used for the ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Unverified information Adhatoda is useful for curing coughs, colds and asthma and is easy to administer.It has been used for centuries and is mentioned in Sanskrit scriptures.
Note: Use only after the consulting the specialist.

References

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justicia_adhatoda
  • http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Justicia+adhatoda

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