Leucas cephalotes - Plant

Leucas cephalotes (Head Leucas) is an annual herb with stems erect, unbranched or with few branches.


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About Leucas cephalotes

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 glandular hairs denser below.

Leaf-stalk on lower leaves is nearly-absent to about 5 mm.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Head Leucas, bishkhapru, deokhumba, guma
Maximum Reachable Height 15 to 60 cm
Flower Colour White
Bloom Time July-October
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Leucas cephalotes care

Direct sowing is recommended as soon as the ground can be worked. Plant seeds 1.27 cm deep. Snow will not hurt them, but a desiccating cold wind will.
If you want an earlier crop, however, you may start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last spring frost date for an earlier crop. Harden off seedlings for about one week,

Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
Watering Medium
Soil well-drained soil
Temperature 60o C
Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

Leucas cephalotes special feature

Mature lettuce gets bitter and woody and it will go bad quickly, so check your garden everyday.

Leucas cephalotes uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

Culinary Use:

  • It is collected for use as a leafy vegetable in rural areas

Frequently Asked Questions

What is another name for a Leucas cephalotes ?

Leucas cephalotes is commonly known as Head Leucas, bishkhapru, deokhumba, guma

How tall do Leucas cephalotes grow?

On average Leucas cephalotes grows 15 to 60 cm

What color are Leucas cephalotes ?

A Leucas cephalotes plant bears flowers of color White

When Leucas cephalotes blooms?

With enough light, Leucas cephalotes may produce White flowers in July-October

How hard is Leucas cephalotes to grow?

A Leucas cephalotes is Easy to grow

How much sunlight does a Leucas cephalotes need?

A Leucas cephalotes prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

How much water does a Leucas cephalotes need?

A Leucas cephalotes prefers watering Medium

What kind of soil does a Leucas cephalotes need?

A Leucas cephalotes prefers well-drained soil

What temperature does a Leucas cephalotes like?

A Leucas cephalotes prefers 60o C

How often should I fertilize my Leucas cephalotes ?

To encourage Leucas cephalotes growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


Sunday, 13 October 2019

Does best in rich, well-draining soil.

Joshi Prisy

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