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Plumbago zeylanica White Leadwort Daun encok Plumbaginaceae


Plumbago zeylanica, White Leadwort, Plumbaginaceae, Daun encok	It is a much branched, evergreen shrub that reaches about 6 feet (2 meters) in nature. Dark green leaves are ovate to 6 inches (30 cm) long by half as wide. They are fast growing plants, but their size is easily controlled by pot size and pruning. h
Blooming Time: The flowers are white in showy dense racemes and will flower all year long. Individual flowers are up to inch (a bit more than 1 cm) across.
Culture: Plumbago zeylanica need full sun to partial shade with intermediate to warm temperatures. The plant needs a slightly acidic potting mix with no lime added. After flowering, the plants should be cut back to keep them growing vigorously. The fruits are like a small cocklebur with glue on the soft spines and they will stick to anything.
Propagation: Plumbago zeylanica are propagated by cuttings, division of older plants or by seed. Fresh seed (which form in abundance within 3 weeks of flowering if grown right) is the best way Medical use: The roots are acrid, astringent, thermogenic, anthelmintic, constipating, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, abortifacient, alterant, antiperiodic, caminative, digestive, sudorific, narcotic, gastric and nervous stimulant and rejuvenating. They are useful in dyspepsia, colic, inflammations, cough, bronchitis, helminthiasis, haemorrhoids, elephantiasis, chronic and intermittent fever, leprosy, leucaderma, ring-worm, scabies, hepatosplenomegaly, amenorrhoea, odontalgia, vitiated conditions of vata and kapha and anaemia.