Herbs in our backyard - 3. Leucas aspera (Dronapushpi or Thumbai)

Leucas aspera is an erect, annual plant with a much-branched stem 30 - 60cm tall.

The plant is harvested from the wild for local use, primarily as a medicine, but also as a food and insect repellent. It is sometimes cultivated in home gardens for use in local medicine and as a pot herb.

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