Bharangee (Bharangi) - Plant
Description for Bharangee (Bharangi)
Tolerates some light shade. Reliably winter hardy to USDA Zone 9 (withstands winter temperatures of no less than 20 degrees F.). Place container outdoors in a sunny location from spring to fall and bring inside in winter.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Clerodendrum serratum||White||April to May||2 to 8 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Choose a warm, sheltered location when growing. The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall. All plants prefer sun to light shade sites with well-draining and moderately fertile soil. Install the plant in the ground at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot.
|Full sun||Well-drained soil||Medium||20 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Bharangee
- Deadhead religiously and keep beds clean. Every leaf has a growth bud, so removing old flower blossoms encourages the plant to make more flowers instead of using the energy to make seeds. Clean away from around the base of the rosebushes any trimmed debris that can harbor disease and insects.
Typical uses of Bharangee
Special features: Container plant which must be brought inside in winter in the St. Louis area. In Zones 9 and 10, it may be grown for fruit production or as an ornamental in shrub borders or as an informal hedge or screen.
Culinary use: Roots, Leaves.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: In Ayurveda Bharangee is indicated for respiratory problems and used in preparation of various Ayurvedic drugs for curing the same. It has pungent, astringent in taste and hot in potency. It is useful in cough, breathlessness, wound, swelling, liver problems and neurological disorders. The decoction prepared from its leaves has bronchodilator activities.
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