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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

شوك الضب

Latin Name

Blepharis ciliaris , Acanthaceae

English Name

Eyelash Plant, shawk al thub

Blepharis, or Eyelash Plant, is indigenous to Saudi Arabia. The common name is naghi, or shawk al thub. Blepharis is a small, thorny, fast-growing perennial herb. The branches are prostrate to the ground, and the whole plant reaches a maximum height of 30 cm. Each branch is completely covered with thorny, silver-green leaves. The blue flowers appear in spring, developing later into capsule fruits. Seeds are recommended for success in propagation, and these should be harvested in summer and autumn. B. ciliaris has a tap root and grows in stony gravel deserts. In Arabia, it is also used as a medical plant. The woody parts of the plant are burned and mixed with antimony to make a black powder, which is applied to the eyes as a cosmetic. This plant has an attractive structure, making it useful for natural planting schemes. It can be used as groundcover or in rock or steppe gardens in extensive landscape schemes. Because it is indigenous, maintenance is very low and only dry parts of the plant need to be removed from time to time.

General information

Family Name : Acanthaceae
Origin: Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Semi Arid , Extremely Arid , Very Arid
Propagation: Direct Sowing , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: Moderate
Planting Phase: Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Vulnerable
Desiccation: Resistant
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: None
Salinity: Moderate < 3,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: -3°C

Plant shape

Vigour: Fast Growing
Height: From 0.15 To 0.3 m M
Expansion: From 0.1 To 0.2 M
Foliage: Semi Evergreen

Flower

Colour: Blue
Size: 2 CM
Flowering Period: From Early January Till Late April

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Capsule
Size: 0.7 CM

Location of Use :

Open Country , Rock Garden , Steppe Garden , Wadi Plant , Rowda Plant

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Environmental Consolidation , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Attractive to Bees , Attractive Flower , Nativ in Riyadh , Medical Plant , Colonisers

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