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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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Abelmoschus moschatus Plant

Description for Abelmoschus moschatus

Plant height: 3 - 6 inches
Plant spread:

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(s): musk mallow
Flower colours: pink
Bloom time: June to frost
Max reachable height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: 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: Full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Water: Medium
Temperature: 24°c
Fertilizer: 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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