Mappia foetida or as locally known, Narkya or Amruta is an endangered species found in India. It is generally found in the Western Ghats. The interesting thing about this plant is that it is said to have abilities to cure cancer. They grow easily grow in containers that are overwintered indoors. Therefore, they are popular houseplants.
Caring for these plants is not very hard. In addition to adding an aesthetic touch to your garden, it is also a very useful plant.
These plants should be kept in warm and lit areas. They also need a support while growing.
These plants like to be kept in full sunlight or partly shady areas. This plant can survive in temperature up to 50 degrees Celsius.
Mappia Foetida needs a moderate amount of water. The soil should be allowed to dry before the next watering session. In no way should the soil be left soggy.
The soil should be moderately fertile. It should have good drainage properties as well.
Any organic fertilizer is suitable for the plants. They should be fertilized in the spring just before the new flowers and leaves begin growing.
The plant grows to a height of 4-8 feet. However, these plants can be pruned and trained to suit the choice of the grower.
The flowers are purple, pink or white in colour which appears in small clusters near the tip of the stem.
The pruning should be done when the plants are still young. In the second year, the tips of the vines should be pinched off to promote the growth of the plant.
This plant is an effective cure for cancer. However, they are endangered presently.
The plants are also used for ornamental purposes.