Andrographis paniculata, also known as Kalmegh, is an herb that has been used in Asian and Indian medicine for centuries. Every part of this plant is extremely bitter. It is used to treat infectious diseases because of its apparent ability to strengthen the immune system.
Andrographis paniculata is an annual that can grow to 1 meter high with small white tubular flowers 1 to 2 centimeters long with purple colored specks inside the lip of the flower.
When Andrographis paniculata goes to seed, it produces an oblong seed capsule approximately 1.5 cm long that is linear, and acute at both ends.
The seed capsule contains many tiny round seeds inside that are roughly wrinkled, almost square, and colored yellowish-brown.
The seeds will easily disburse on their own when mature. Andrographis paniculata propagates easily by seeds.
About 400 grams of Andrographis paniculata seed are sufficient to plant one hectare. The seeds are generally sown in May or June in India.
- Herbs are Special
- Purdue University
- Andrographis Database
- Andrographis seeds at cherrygal.com
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