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Rauwolfia serpentina - Plant

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Description for Rauwolfia serpentina

Rauvolfia serpentina, or Indian snakeroot is a species of flower in the family Apocynaceae. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and East Asia. Common English names include devil pepper and snakeroot.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Tiny Periwinkle, Vinca Blue May to June 0.25 to 0.50 feet Easy to grow

Planting and care

Before you plant, be sure that you choose varieties proven in your climate.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Full sun to part shade Well drained soil Dry to medium 25 to 40 degrees C Apply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Rauwolfia serpentina

  • Feed plants on a regular basis before and throughout the blooming cycle (avoid chemical fertilizers and pesticides if you’re harvesting for the kitchen).Once a month between April and July, apply a balanced granular fertilizer (5-10-5 or 5-10-10). Allow ¾ to 1 cup for each bush, and sprinkle it around the drip line, not against the stem.

Typical uses of Rauwolfia serpentina

Special features: Versatile ground cover. Good cover for bulb beds. Effective on slopes or banks to stabilize soils and prevent erosion.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Sarpagandha (snakeroot) Medicinal herb uses. Rauwolfia serpentina (Sarpagandha) also know as Black snakeroot or Indian snakeroot or devil pepper, an evergreen plant, has been in use since 4000 years in Indian medicine. An erect under-shrub, it is a species of flowering plants.

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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