Vishnukranthi – Dwarf Morning Glory

Every garden big or small must make space for this enchanting plant. As the name Vishnukranthi – Dwarf Morning Glory suggests, the blue flowers are a delight when in bloom and the leaves are equally attractive.
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Evolvulus alsinoides is the botanical name of Vishnukranthi – Dwarf Morning Glory and it belongs to Convolvulaceae (Morning glory) family native to the South America. I have seen this plant grow in the wild in Karighatta, Marcona Hally Dam, and Western Ghats.

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Vishnukranthi is a wonderful ground cover, as it spreads on the ground. The stems are 20 to 70 cms long. The leaves are simple, alternate, covered with silky hairs and they appear grey.

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Leaves are 1 cm in length with the base pointed. The flowers are pale blue with a white middle and can be 6 to 8 mm in diameter. Round fruit contains 4 black seeds.

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The leaves of this plant is offered to Lord Ganesha during the 21 patra pooja chanting the following: “Om Uma Putraya namaha, Vishnukranta Patram Samarpayaami”.

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Uses:
All parts of Vishnukranthi plant is used to treat many ailments, including improvement of memory power.

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