Common Rock Jasmine
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Common Rock Jasmine
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Common Rock Jasmine
Botanical name: Androsace sarmentosa    Family: Primulaceae (primrose family)

Common Rock Jasmine is a perennial herb. Leaf rosettes solitary or several forming lax mats, 3-5 cm in diameter - slightly hairy leaves. Umbels of pink flowers with yellow eyes in late spring. It is in flower from July to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. This flower is native to the Himalayas, from Sikkim to Kashmir.
Medicinal uses: The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, it is said to have a bitter taste and a cooling and coarsening potency. A resolutive, it dries up serous fluids. It is used in the treatment of disorders from tumours, inflammations of fluids and other serous fluid disorders.

Identification credit: Navendu Pagé Photographed at McLeodganj-Triund route, Himachal Pradesh.

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