Height- 20 cm- 25 cm
Common Names: Ghrit Kumari, Gwar patha
The plant is one of the best air purifier plants. It removes formaldyhide from air. This is a robust air purifier plant. We can grow this plant round the year (Except extreme cold ). Its leaves are very fleshy. Leaves of this plant can attain maximum height of 2 feet. A matured plant produces pups from base of its plant. The plant can survive low humidity levels (upto 25 %) and higher temperature (upto 450 C) very easily. Some leaves tips of the plant may get burnt due to high temperature. But after such harsh summer, the plant revives with new leaves. This plant prefers to grow in bright indirect sunlight. If we have kept it indoor with low sunlight and without proper ventilation, we must keep outside in diffused sunlight for minimum 1 day per week. It will ensure its better health. This plant can survive without water for 2 weeks, very easily.
Watering & Sunlight: This plant prefers to grow well in diffused sunlight. Even in hottest summer, we should water it after a minimum gap of 4 days. We should water, only when the soil becomes dry. Proper drainage by making sufficient holes in bottom of pot is must. Its leaves store plenty of water. Hence, it does not like over watering. Its roots may rot due to over watering.
Soil: Its potting mix must be aerated well by use of drainage media upto 20 % (river sand, Leca, Pumice/Perlite or rice husk- Use any one of them). All these items help in aeration of roots also. We can mix upto 20% cocopeat, 20 % vermin compost, 30 % sterilised garden soil + 10% Neem Cake) in its potting mix. This plant does not require frequent fertilizers. We may add fertlizers once in six months.
Use: 1. As indoor air purifier plant
It has most uses as medicines in Ayurved. Internal pulp of leaves is used as herbal facewash and shampoo. Its pulp is also used to cure constipation. There are many more medicinal uses of this herbal plant.