Ashoka Tree, Polyanthia longifolia – Plant
Ashoka or Saraca Indica is a rain forest tree that is found in the Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats of the Indian subcontinent. It bears orange and yellow flowers in bunches that turn red before they fall. This tree is considered one of the most sacred trees in the Indian traditions and it is dedicated to the love god Kama. The word ‘Ashoka’ means ‘no grief’ in Sanskrit and various parts of this tree are widely used for different medicinal purposes.
Nutritional Value of Ashoka Tree
There are a number of essential nutrients that can be derived from the Ashoka tree. It contains tannins, glycoside, essential oils, and calcium. It also contains carbonic compounds of carbon and iron while the bark of the tree contains ketosteroid.
Uses of Ashoka Tree
The bark of the Ashoka plant is used to prepare cosmetics that help to improve skin complexion. It helps to prevent the condition of scanty and difficult urination and even acts as an antidote to a scorpion bite. Even its dried flowers are advantageous for diabetic patients.
Planting and care
Ashoka tree propagated by seeds. The seeds retain their viability for one season only and should be sown in August.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil: well-drained and organic soil.
Temperature: 20 to 35 degrees C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer.