Native to Asia and used in both classic Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, Andrographis has many uses. It is used fresh or dried to facilitate healthy digestion and is a powerful liver tonic. It can even be used for the common cold. Andrographis is powerful bitter medicine that is not a low-dose botanical, but should not be used for more than a fortnight. It works hard to fix what ails you. True to its common name, Andrographis tastes like the “King of Bitters”.
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It is helpful to start indoors to get a head start if you live and grow in the temperate zones of the north.
Common name: Andrographis or “Kalmegh” or “King of the Bitters”
Botanical name: Andrographis paniculata
Type: Long season tender annual
Scarification/Stratification: Rub in between two pieces of medium grit sandpaper for a few seconds before sowing
Sow temp/season: 70-80 F in spring, is a light-dependent germinator.
Sow depth/spacing: Sow 1/8 inch deep, two per inch
Final spacing: 12 inch spacing
Final height/spread: 24 inches high with a 14 inch spread
pH range: 5.5-7.5
Soil type: Well-drained sandy or rocky, limey soil with some compost
Nutrition Likes a steady supply of mild compost or small amounts of all purpose slow release fertilizer.
Drainage: Likes water, just not wet feet..
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Time to maturity: 160 days
Hilling: None needed.
Suckering: No suckering, but lots of branching.
Propagation: Sow in at least 1 inch plugs and transplant to 4 inch pots before final placement in landscape or 2 gallon pots.
Hybridization: Plant plants of same species 1000 feet away to breed true.
Uses: Fresh or dried leaves, root, flowers and tender twigs used in tea, tincture or direct consumption.