V is for Vishnukranta

I am writing about herbs in the 2016 April AtoZ blogging challenge. Most of the herbs written in this series are those I have seen or used. Today’s herb is native to South America but is naturalised in many parts of the world, including India.

V is for Vishnukranta which is the local Marathi name for Evolvulus alsinoides belonging to the Convolvulaceae family. The herb is also called Dwarf Morning Glory. I have seen Vishnukranta growing on our tekdi (hills) and its blue flowers demand attention. I have found it to be prostrate and the branches spread out almost radially from a centre. The flowers, leaves and stem appear ‘hairy’! Vishnukranta is said to have immense medicinal value as well.

Vishnukranta, Evolvulus alsinoides

Evolvulus alsinoides, Vishnukranta

I have yet another medicinal herb for you tomorrow, I am sure many of you would have heard of it.
Till then, happy blogging!

6 Replies to “V is for Vishnukranta”

  1. The blossoms look like the Datura! I have seen these plants somewhere though! Another informative post Archana.
    @KalaRavi16 from

  2. We sure have a lot of medicinal plants. Very informative!
    #AtoZChallenge – V is for Videos

  3. Informative, thanks for sharing

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