Justicia adhatoda L.
Justicia adhatoda is a shrub.
Justicia adhatoda was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Justicia adhatoda is a species in the genus Justicia which contains approximately 389 to 1163 species and belongs to the family of the Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family). The type species of the genus is Justicia hyssopifolia.
The shrubs reach heights of 3 to 4 metres.
Wood and Bark
Justicia adhatoda is evergreen. The simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate, entire and petiolate.
Flowers and Fruits
Justicia adhatoda produces spikes of white tubular flowers from January to March.
In summer the shrubs carry loculicidal capsules.
Justicia adhatoda is native to South India and Sri Lanka.
The shrubs prefer a half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures only above at least 1Â°C (USDA zone 10).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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