Thursday, May 3, 2012

Ferula assafoetida plants for sale

Ferula assafoetida
Cultivation of Ferula assafoetida in the Kashmir Himalayas

Ferula assafoetida, family Apiaceae/Umbelliferae
Ferula assafoetida is an herbaceous, monoecious, perennial plant . It grows to 2 meters high with a circular mass of 30–40 cm leaves. Stem leaves have wide sheathing petioles. Flowering stems are 2.5–3 meters high and 10 cm thick and hollow, with a number of schizogenous ducts in the cortex containing the resinous gum. Flowers are pale greenish yellow produced in large compound umbels. Fruits are oval, flat, thin, reddish brown and have a milky juice. Roots are thick, massive, and pulpy. They yield a resin similar to that of the stems. All parts of the plant have the distinctive fetid smell.

Asafoetida is dried latex (oleo-gum-resin) exuded from the living rhizome, rootstock or taproot of Ferula assafoetida or other Ferula species.

The major supply of asafoetida to India is from Afghanistan and Iran.In India it is grown in Kashmir and in some parts of Punjab.Therefore it is possible to plan cultivation of this plant not only in Kashmir but also in Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, North Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and other areas having identical environmental situation.India is the major consumer of this spice.

For more details about planting material.
Jammu and Kashmir Medicinal Plants Introduction Centre
"Ginkgo House" Azizabad, Pampore PPR JK 192121
Ph: 09858986794, 01933-223705