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Justicia procumbens - L.

Common Name
Family Acanthaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cultivated fields and waste ground in lowland C. and S. Japan[58]. River valleys in damp shady places in China[147, 178]. Moist open places, 700 - 2500 metres in Nepal[272].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas to China, Japan and Korea.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Justicia procumbens


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Justicia procumbens is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - boiled[105]. Seed - cooked. It is usually made into a flour[105].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiphlogistic  Depurative  Diaphoretic  Diuretic  Febrifuge  Laxative  Ophthalmic  Skin


The plant is alterative, anthelmintic, antiphlogistic, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge and laxative[147, 240]. A decoction or an infusion is used in the treatment of asthma, cough, backache, flatulence and many skin conditions[218, 240, 272]. The juice of the leaves is used in ophthalmia[240, 272]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of curvature and diseases of the bone[240]. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of coughs where blood is being coughed up[272].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be successful in Britain, though it should succeed if grown as a half-hardy annual.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

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Botanical References

58

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