Indian leadwort

The Scientific name of Indian leadwort: Plumbago rosea, Plumbago indica

Name of Indian leadwort in different languages:

English: Red leadwort, scarlet leadwort

Sanskrit: Chitrak, Rakthacitrak

Hindi: लाल चित्रक Lal chitrak

Malayalam: Chethikoduveli ചെത്തിക്കൊടുവേലി

Plant description:

Indian leadwort (Plumbago indica) is an evergreen flowering shrub, partially erect or spreading, less branched, up to 1.5 meters, leaves are ovate, up to 13 cm long, slightly drooping, wavy margins, pointed at the end, flowering is in winter, bright red, calyx is tubular, up to 10 mm long, and covered sticky glands and stalked.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Elliptic Margin-Entire Venation-pinnate
 Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate


Useful plant parts:

Root, root skin

Medicinal uses:

Increase digestive power, to treat Vata disorders, illegally used as an abortion medicine.

Chemical content:

Plumbagic acis

How to prepare medicines:

It is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

Varanadi Kashayam

Malathyadi Velichenna

Malatyadi Tailam

Nagaradi Thailam

Malatyadi Tailam

Malatyadi Tailam

Nagaradi Thailam



Nasya choornam

Navayasam Gulika

Chiruvilwadi kashayam

Dhanadanayanadi kashayam

Three types of leadworts

Blue Leadwort Red Leadwort White Leadwort

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