Wrightia antidysenterica is a small and compact semi-deciduous shrub, reaching 1.2-2m in height, with a spread of about 1.5m. It has green leaves, ovate to elliptic in shape, opposite arrangement, measuring about 2.5 - 6 cm long and 1.5 - 2.5 cm wide. It produces extremely fragrant tubular pure white 1" flowers resemble little stars, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, non-stop throughout the year.
It is a valuable medicinal plant in India. The bark possesses anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.The juice extracted from the bark is administered for mouth sores. The leaves are used in treating several skin disorders, psoriasis, nonspecific dermatitis etc
Wrightia antidysenterica is quite a low maintenance plant.Prefers bright light or full sun; Can tolerate partial shade but will result in less flowers. It needs a well-drained loamy soil.Regular watering and occasional fertilizing, it will reward with profuse blooming and luscious green foliage.
Requires minimal pruning and it is least bothered by pests and diseases!
It is a perfect specimen for limited space garden or patio. Hardy plant suited to rockeries, borders and pots.
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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