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 name(s): water chestnut, Pachira aquatica 'Lemon Blush'
Flower colours: golden yellow
Bloom time: Seasonal bloomer
Max reachable height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy 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.
Sunlight: Full sun to part shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: 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.
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.