Monday, March 19, 2012


Sadabahar 's batanical name is Vinca Rosea. It bears flowers in all the seasons. Sadabahar' means 'always in bloom'  Sadabahar is a small shrub. It rejoices in sun or rain, or the seaside, in good or indifferent soil and often grows wild. Numerous soft-wood branches from the ground, give it an appearance of fullness. It has impressive effect with its various colours. The flower comes in various colours and combinations. The star-like 5 petaled flowers are white, pink or red. They can also be in two colours with a different coloured centre. The leaves are silky glossy dark green.

The plant is multiplied easily by seeds or cuttings. In fact near the mother plant often a great number of self-seeded young plants appear, which are very fast growing and sturdy. In the tropicals it is good to do a heavy pruning three four times a year.

Sadabahar (Vinca Rosea) has a vast field of applications. It contains an alkaloid which is a heart poison. Leaves are applied to wasp-sting. Sadabahar have been used for cramps, luplesia, diarrhoea, sore throat, inflamed tonsils. It is also called Sorcerer's Violet because witches and sorcerers used it for making potions. It is said it can help in fighting cancer.Now a days, the leaves and roots of the Sadabahar are used in the pharmaceutical industry and in ayurvedic medicines to treat different diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

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