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Withania somnifera is a special herb in Ayurvedic medicine. The species name somnifera means "sleep-inducing" in Latin. Withania somnifera is cultivated in many of the drier regions of India, such as Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. It is also found in Nepal, China and Yemen. The main chemical constituents are alkaloids and steroidal lactones. The long brown, tuberous roots are used in traditional medicine.
A small compact and bushy shrub that blooms non stop year-round. The plant all covered with 1" white flowers that look like little stars from a distance. It is a perfect specimen for limited space garden or patio. Can be easily grown as a houseplant. Doesn't require additional pruning. It is a medicinal plant in India. The bark possesses anti-microbial and anti-infammatory properties and therefore the juice extracted from it is administered for mouth sores. The leaves are used in treating several skin disorders, psoriasis, nonspecific dermatitis etc. The bark is used as an adulterant for the well known drug, Holarrhena antidysenterica. Related species - Wrightia tinctoria.
This rare species of wrightia is not fragrant, but flower is an amazing starfish! Flower is about 2" wide and looks waxy, almost artificial. The plants can be grown as a small tree or shrub. Cold sensitive.
This is one of the most beautiful, exciting and useful plants among fragrant tropicals. A very fragrant, enchanting shrub, flowers are fruity scented, pendant, are born along its twiggy branches. See W. religiosa.