Phyllanthus buxifolius, Phyllanthus

Phyllanthus buxifolius

Family: Phyllanthaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterUnusual colorEthnomedical plant.
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Phyllanthus buxifolius, commonly known as Phyllanthus, is an attractive large shrub that stands between 5 - 10 feet tall. This shrub is most often grown in USDA Zones 9 - 11, where they will thrive in full sun, semi-shade and regular water. It has an unusual color to its leaves - a deep burgundy to a dark green with an almost iridescent sheen. It often has an irritating smell due to the presence of saponins.

As an ethnomedical plant, Phyllanthus is used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and wound-healing properties. It is also said to be beneficial for digestive disorders such as dysentery and indigestion. Many also find that this plant is useful in treating skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and rashes.

Many people choose to plant Phyllanthus near the seaside as it is considered a salt tolerant plant. If you live in a colder region, it is best to grow the shrub in a large pot. Place the pot in a sheltered area, and make sure it has plenty of water. A layer of mulch around the pot will also help protect the roots from cold temperatures.

When grown in the right conditions, Phyllanthus can produce small, yellow flowers. If you're looking for a shrub with some unusual color that can tolerate a bit of sea breeze, then Phyllanthus is the perfect addition to your garden.

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