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Prickly Chaff Flower, Apamarga - Plant

prickly chaff flower, apamarga - plant
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Apamarga is a species of plant in the Amaranthaceae family.
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Description for Prickly chaff flower

Achyranthes aspera is one of the powerful Ayurvedic herb. It is used to prepare a special medicine called Kshara, used extensively in surgical procedures to treat fistula, and as oral medicine for obesity, tumors etc.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Achyranthes aspera, prickly chaff flower, devils horsewhip, apamarga, Prickly Chaff flower, Chirachinta, Chirchira, Chingchingi, Chirchita, Latjira, Onga, Uttrani, Uttarani, Antisha, Apamargamu, Uttaraene, Katalati, Kadaladi, Apang, Puthakanda, Kutri, aghada, Pandhara-aghada, Mahabaka, Shiru kadaladi, Nayuruvi, Karal heba, Jarong, Grootklits, Langklitskafblom, herbe a Bengalis, herbe sergen, queue de rat, Cadillo, cadillo de mazorca, mazotillo, Markati, Markata pippali, Kapi Pippali, Parak Pushpi, Pratyak Shreni, Mayuraka, Kinihi Pink March to October 0.5 to 3ft 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 to Partial Shade Well drained soil Medium 30 to 40 degrees C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Prickly chaff flower

  • 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.

Typical uses of Prickly chaff flower

Special features: From the head of the demon sprung the herb Apamarga, with the assistance of which Indra was able to kill all demons. Hence this plant has the reputation of being a powerful talisman, and is now popularly supposed to act as a safeguard against scorpions and snakes by paralysing them.

Medicinal use: In Uttar Pradesh the plant is used for a great many medicinal purposes, especially in obstetrics and gynecology, including abortion, induction of labor, and cessation of postpartum bleeding. The Maasai people of Kenya use the plant medicinally to treat malaria. (Source:Wikipedia)


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