As bitter tonic, it acts well on the liver, promoting secretion of bile. Andrographis is used in cases of jaundice and torpid liver, flatulence and diarrhoea of children, colic, and strangulation of intestines as well as for colds and upper respiratory tract infections.
Several active constituentshave been identified from the leaf and rhizome, including andrographolide, deoxyandrographolide and other diterpenes.
The King of Bitters grows as an herbaceous perennial in some parts of Australia but in others it is best dealt with as an annual.
It is a lover of full sun for most of the day and will grow to about 1m in height if the soil is well drained and slightly sandy.
It seeds in late Autumn and self seeds rather well, to ensure next years crop.
Some plants are planted seasonally, as their nature demands.
These will therefore only be available while they last, as we try not to plant more than will survive in a condition appropriate to be mailed out with the greatest chance of survival.
If we are out of stock (especially annuals), we will not be planting until the time is right for the particular plant, once again.
This may be up to 8 months, depending on the plant.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot send live plants outside Australia, to Western Australia or Tasmania.