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Justicia gendarussa - L.
Common Name
Family Acanthaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Beds of streams in moister areas of the Himalayas[146].
Range E. Asia - India to Burma.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun


Justicia gendarussa

Justicia gendarussa
Physical Characteristics
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Justicia gendarussa is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Gendarussa vulgaris. Nees.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne;  Antiperiodic;  Antiphlogistic;  Antispasmodic;  Carminative;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Emetic;  
Febrifuge;  Laxative.

The leaf is antispasmodic, carminative[147] and has antiperiodic properties[218]. The leaves and tender young shoots are diaphoretic[240]. A decoction is used in the treatment of chronic rheumatism[240]. An infusion of the leaves is taken internally in the treatment of pains in the head, paralysis of one side of the body and facial paralysis[240]. The leaf juice is used in the treatment of earache[240]. The bitter root is anodyne, diaphoretic, diuretic and laxative[218]. The root bark is emetic[218]. The whole plant is emetic and febrifuge[240]. A decoction is used to treat bruises[218].
Other Uses

The dried leaves are used to repel insects from clothing[218].
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species, it is probably not hardy in this country but might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas. One report says that it should be grown in a warm greenhouse and treated like a Fuchsia[1].
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when large enough to handle and grow on in the greenhouse for at least the first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts and give some protection over the winter.

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Conservation Status
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