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Malabar Nut - Plant

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It is a very important medicinal herb where leaf, root, flower and whole plant is used for many drug formulations. It is a tall, much-branched, dense, evergreen shrub, with large, lance-shaped leaves.
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Description for Malabar Nut

Adhatoda vasica is a small evergreen plant, of the Acanthaceae family, with broad, lanceolate leaves measuring 10 to 16 centimeters in length and 5 centimeters wide. They become greenish-brown when dried. They have a smell similar to strong tea.
The wood of the stem is soft and makes a great charcoal for gunpowder. The flower has large, attractive, white petals, streaked with purple on the lower lip. The fruit is a small capsule with four seeds.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
water chestnut, Pachira aquatica 'Lemon Blush'golden yellowSeasonal bloomer20.00 to 30.00 feetEasy to Grow

Planting and care

Enjoys a dappled sun / full shade position in your garden and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Malabar Nut is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full sun to part shadewell-drained soil Medium-Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Malabar Nut

  • For propagation, 15-20cm long terminal cuttings of Vasa are planted in loamy soils with good drainage and high organic content.
  • Regular irrigation and weeding are necessary. Harvesting is at the end of second or third year.

Harvesting

December-January

Typical uses of Malabar Nut

Special features: Interesting tropical plant for frost-free areas. Foliage houseplant. Bonsai.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Malabar nut is a plant. People use the leaf to make medicine.
Malabar nut is used to loosen chest congestion, open the breathing tubes (bronchi), and treat spasms.
Despite its great medicinal value, over dosage of its herbal extract may lead to many ill effects and therefore, it should only be used under medical supervision.

References

  • https://myfolia.com/plants/43576-malabar-nut-justicia-adhatoda
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=258906&isprofile=0&cv=4
  • http://www.celkau.in/Crops/Medicinal%20Plants/Adathoda.aspx

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5 / 5 Megz Saki 30 August 2017
when I opened the box I was amazed at how well this plant was packaged and how healthy they all were.
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Wow plant in excellent shape.
4 / 5 Esha Cruz 02 August 2017
Can this grown in hot places.
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