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Calotropis gigantea - Plant

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Description

It is a perennial shrub growing 2.5 meter high with various branches and sub branches.

Calotropis gigantea is a species of Calotropis native to Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, China, Pakistan, Nepal, and tropical Africa. It is a large shrub growing to 4 m tall.Arka is a perennial shrub growing 2.5 meter high with various branches and sub branches.

Leaves are simple, opposite, subsessile, ovate and cordate at base. It has bunch of waxy flowers that are white or lavender in color. Flowers consists of pointed five petals and a small beautiful crown, which holds the stamen. It has milky stem and contains cardiac glycosides, fatty acid and calcium oxalate.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Crown Flower, Aak, Madar, and Arka.
Maximum Reachable Height 8 to 15 feet
Flower Colour White or Lavender
Bloom Time November- April.
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Select an area with dappled sunlight or partial shade for planting this plant.
  • Keep the soil moist, but not waterlogged.
  • Allow the soil to dry between waterings.
  • Choose a spot with full sun exposure for a mature plant.
  • Apply an organic fertilizer according to the need.
  • Prune the plant every year to maintain the shape and size of the tree.
  • Prune the damaged and diseased branches.

    Calotropis gigantea care

    It can easily be propagated by seeds during March-April. Directly sow the seeds in filed in the sunny location and use well drained and fertile soil. Water the seeds regularly. Seeds will germinate in 5-6 weeks. You can mulch the seedling with organic mulch for reducing water loss and better growth of the plant by reducing weed growth. Fertilize the plant with any organic fertilizer during spring.

  • It can also be propagated by cutting and layering.
    Sunlight Full sun
    Watering Moderately.
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 19-37 degrees C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Calotropis gigantea special feature

    Where winter hardy, grow as a hedge or train as a small tree. Where not winter hardy, grow in containers which must be overwintered indoo

    Calotropis gigantea uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • Its generally kept indoors in the living room and in terrace area
    • The flowers are long lasting, and in Thailand, they are used in floral arrangements
    • Where winter hardy, grow as a hedge or train as a small tree

    Medicinal Use:

    • The whole plant of Calotropis, leaves, barks as well as its latex have been employed in the treatment and management of many health conditions such as jaundice, joint pains, fever, asthma, snake bite, malaria, and dysmenorrhoea
    • Latex is soaked in cotton for application into the dental cavity to treat toothache, gum bleeding and for dressing fresh skin burns
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Calotropis gigantea ?

    Calotropis gigantea is commonly known as Crown Flower, Aak, Madar, and Arka.

    How tall do Calotropis gigantea grow?

    On average Calotropis gigantea grows 8 to 15 feet

    What color are Calotropis gigantea ?

    A Calotropis gigantea plant bears flowers of color White or Lavender

    When Calotropis gigantea blooms?

    With enough light, Calotropis gigantea may produce White or Lavender flowers in November- April.

    How hard is Calotropis gigantea to grow?

    A Calotropis gigantea is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Calotropis gigantea need?

    A Calotropis gigantea prefers Full sun

    How much water does a Calotropis gigantea need?

    A Calotropis gigantea prefers watering Moderately.

    What kind of soil does a Calotropis gigantea need?

    A Calotropis gigantea prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Calotropis gigantea like?

    A Calotropis gigantea prefers 19-37 degrees C

    How often should I fertilize my Calotropis gigantea ?

    To encourage Calotropis gigantea growth, Apply any organic fertilizer

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