Lawsonia inermis
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Lawsonia inermis

henna
Mignonette tree
Egyptian privet

  Family LYTHRACEAE 
  Genus Lawsonia 

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Identification
Genus  Lawsonia Species  inermis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  henna   Mignonette tree   Egyptian privet Family  LYTHRACEAE Specimen number  S10343 Data source  ColorNat p17;DyePl p55;MedPl p225;Frgnt p211
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 08a-09b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Lawsonia inermis has mild sweet flowers. The leaves of Henna (also known as Mignonette tree and Egyptian privet) have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by this plant including yellow, golden yellow, orange, golden brown and reddish brown. Henna is used in Morocco for dyeing. Used to color hair and nails. This species can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 10 Fahrenheit.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  antidiarrheal   antidysenteric   astringent   emmenagogue   liver tonic   antifungal Medicinal parts  Leaves   Bark Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Lawsonia inermis has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as an antidiarrheal, as an antidysenteric, as an astringent and as an emmenagogue. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. The leaves and the bark are used in herbal preparations.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  yellow,golden yellow,orange,golden brown,reddish brown
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Lawsonia inermis probably originates from Tropical Africa, Australia, Asia and South Africa.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   

 

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