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Helianthus annuus

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Helianthus annuus is a vigorous, erect, usually unbranched annual plant that can grow from 1 - 3 metres or more tall according to the variety. It usually produces a single, large flower head at the top of the stem. Sunflower is a major commercial crop, grown widely in the tropical to warm temperate zones for its edible, oil-rich seed.

Uses

High fever, Sores, Swellings, Snakebites, Spider bites, Malaria, Lung ailments, Pulmonary complaints, Rheumatic aches.[1]

Parts Used

Seed, Root, Flower, Leaf[2] .

Chemical Composition

[3]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Surykanti
Hindi Surajmukhi
Malayalam NA
Tamil Surykanti
Telugu Surykantamu
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Sarymukhi
English Sunflower

[2]


Properties

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

Dravya

Rasa

Guna

Veerya

Vipaka

Karma

Prabhava

Habit

Annual

Identification

Leaf

Kind Shape Feature

[4]

Flower

Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Flowering from July to October

Fruit

Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Fruiting from July to October

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds.

How to plant/cultivate

[5]

Commonly seen growing in areas

Open dry soils, Moderately moist soils.

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References

  1. Indian Medicinal Plants by C.P.Khare
  2. 2.0 2.1 ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume-3” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.1237, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #6/7, Kaalika Soudha, Balepete cross, Bengaluru
  3. [Chemistry]
  4. [Morphology]
  5. [Sunflowers are grown from the temperate zone through to the tropics, though most commonly in the subtropics and warm temperate zones. Cultivation]

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