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The Justicia Adhatoda plant is a popularly known as Vasaka or Adusa. It is a small sized evergreen plant extending to a height of about 14 feet. It belongs to the family Acanthaceae. It is considered to be a native of Asia and is widely grown for its medicinal significance and ornamental features.
The Justicia Adhatoda is famously known as the Vasaka or Adusa. It hails from the Acanthaceae family.
The Vasaka plant is widely cultivated in the continent of Asia.
The plant has a wide importance in the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicines.
The plant also produces attractive white flowers during the months of February to May.
The Justicia Adhatoda plant is fairly easy to grow and to maintain.
The plant fails to grow in an acidic pH. Therefore, the soil test should be done prior to the plantation.
Soil having acidic pH can be counteracted by the addition of finely grounded limestone or alkaline soil.
The Justicia Adhatoda can grow up to a maximum height of 14 feet.
The justicia adhatoda should be exposed to full sun for perfect growth.
However, the plant also does well when it is placed in a region that receives partial shade.
The Justicia Adhatoda plant has moderate water requirements.
The plant should not be allowed to stand become soggy, however they become stressed if they do not receive an adequate amount of watering.
The soil should always remain moist.
Any organic fertiliser should be applied to the plant in sufficient quantity.
Ideally, the plant should be fertilised twice a year, once in spring and then during summer.
Application of fertilisers aids the growth of the plant and helps in the production of lush green leaves.
The herbal plant can be planted and propagated on a large scale as it is a fast grower.
The plant is also called as the Malabar nut and has many ornamental uses.
In the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicines, the Adhatoda plant is considered as a useful cure for coughs, cold and Asthma.