Hairy Coneflower
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Hairy Coneflower
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Hairy Coneflower • Nepali: बन पान Ban-pan
Botanical name: Strobilanthes hirta    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ruellia hitra, Ruellia sarmentosa, Hemigraphis hirta

Hairy Coneflower is a small low-growing prennial herb with beautiful flowers. The stems are creeping and the leaves are ovate and prominently hairy. The margin of the leaves us serrated towards the tip. Flowers occur in few flowered spikes in leaf axils. Bracts are leafy and oblong. Flowers are rather large for this small plant. They are bluish purple, funnel shaped. Like all flowers of Acanthus family, the flowers have 4 stamens. Hairy Coneflower is found in North India, East Himalaya, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Identification credit: Akramul Hoque Photographed in Lodhi Garden, Delhi.

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