This creeping annual is an attractive bedding plant that has traditionally been used as a liver tonic and hair tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in Ayurvedic practices.
Common name: Eclipta, hair tonic herb, King of Hair, bhringraj, false daisy
Botanical name: Eclipta alba
Type: Tender reseeding annual
Sow temp/season: Sow in soil temperature of 68-85 F in mid spring.
Sow depth/spacing: Sow 1/8 inch deep and one seed per inch.
Final spacing: Thin or transplant to 1 foot spacing.
Final height/spread: 1-2 feet high and equal spread.
pH range: 5-8
Soil type: Will tolerate most soils.
Nutrition A bit of compost or fertilizer is all that is required.
Drainage: Will thrive in muck or sand as long as there is sufficient moisture.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Time to maturity: 60 days to first flower and 80 days to seed, flowering and seeding all the way to first frost.
Hilling: None needed.
Suckering: No root suckers, but lots of branching, low lying branches will root along ground, making plant creep.
Propagation: Sow seed in at least a 1 inch plug/pot and transplant up to a 3 gallon pot.
Hybridization: Not likely, but 100 foot spacing would be needed if one would acquire different species of Eclipta RARE to find, not needed for herb/medicine garden.
Uses: Can be used fresh or dried in a tea, tincture, hair wash or scalp cream.