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Evolvulus alsinoides - Vishnukanti

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Vishnukranti, Evolvulus alsinoides

Vishnukranti is a tiny prostrate spreading herb with silky hairy leaves and bright blue flowers. It can be found throughout India in gravelly and grassy places.


Insomnia, Bleeding disorders, Improves memory, Cough, Wounds, Fever, Stomach ache, Dysentery[1]

Parts Used

Whole Plant[2].

Chemical Composition

Evolvulus alsinoides (Linn.) Linn. was interpreted to find the phytochemicals like alkaloids, carbohydrates, steroidal glucosides, saponin, tannins, pseudo tannins, chlorogenic acids, flavones, flavonoids, coumarin, anthocyanin, phenol, terpenoides, resins, volatile oil, anthraquinones, phytosterol and triterpenoids.[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Vishnukranti, Shankhapushpi
Hindi Sankhpushpi, Shankaveli, Visnukranta
Malayalam Krsnakranti, Vishnukranthi
Tamil Paracitam, Potakiranti, Potakiranticceti, Villakkiranti, Vishnukranti
Telugu Vishnukraantha, Visnukrantamu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Shankhapushpi, Nilapushpi, Sankhaholi, Vishnukranti
English Dwarf morning glory



Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.[5]


Kashaya, Katu, Tikta


Lagu, Snigdha









Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate Leaves more or less distinctly in 2 rows, 6-12 x 4-7 mm, broadly elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, base rounded or acute, apex subacute, adpressed pilose on both sides; petiole to 2 mm long.



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Bisexual Solitary or paired at axils Blue 10 Pedicels to 5 mm long, silky hairy; bracts linear, c. 1 mm long. Calyx lobes 2-3 mm long, lanceolate, silky hairy. Corolla c. Flowering from April to December


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
A capsule 1.5-2 mm across Globose, 2-valved Seeds usually 4, minute. Fruiting from April to December

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Mentat, Loha Rasayana[2]

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation


How to plant/cultivate

The seed have a hard seed coat, for the removal of hard seed coat; the seeds are subjected to mechanical scarification which gives 80% germination. 190 gm seeds are required for planting one hectare area. [7]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area

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  1. Uses
  2. 2.0 2.1 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.1177, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  3. Intech Open book series - OPEN ACCESS PEER-REVIEWED CHAPTER - Writtene by Harshavardhini Kuppusamy R, Jananipriya Srinivasan, Pavithra Sundaramoorthy and Kannan Kilavan Packiam
  4. Vernacular names
  5. Article from "Bimbima" - Daily life experience of Health, Ayurveda, Medicines, complementary therapies
  6. Botanic desription
  7. Cultivation details

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