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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Rodenticide plant

Question: I want to know the name of a plant (I don’t know whether it is a medicinal plant or not). I know very little about that plant. The plant is highly aromatic and its flowers are small, fragrant and purple in color. It is intentionally planted as rodenticide around houses in Aurangabad (Maharashtra).

Answer: Many plants are known to stop menace of rats, like Crotalaria plant known as Khulkhula or Artemissia gratus known as Chor ova Artemisia is an aromatic plant. There are many plants belonging to Labiate family (Basil) family known to posses anti pest properties.

The plant crotalaria verrucs - juncea belongs to Fabaceae family and is known to have snake and mouse repellent properties. I don’t know whether it is aromatic but the Crotalaeria species shows some bright flowers like blue, purple, pink etc. You can search Crotalaria species which also somewhat matches your description The plants which come under crotalaria as per local names are Taag, Suunnpushpi, and Khulkhula (Jhanjhaniya). The exact species for above is arguable so check out all Crotalaria species.

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