Rauvolfia Serpentina commonly named as Indian snakeroot, devil pepper, sarpgandh or serpentine wood is a medicinal plant. Rauvolfia serpentine is an erect, evergreen shrub growing up to 1 meter tall from a yellowish rootstock.
The plant has been used medicinally in India for over 2,000 years, being valued especially for its sedative actions and ability to lower the blood pressure. It is commonly harvested from the wild and is also traded. It is a source of compounds that are used in the pharmaceutical industry.
Planting & Caring –
A plant of the moist to wet, lowland tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 1,000 meters. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 22 – 30°c but can tolerate 4 – 35°c. Succeeds in full sun and in light shade. Prefers a fertile, well-drained loamy soil.