Botanical name: Ageratum conyzoides Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Goat weed is a common tropical annual herbaceous weed. It is an erect softly hairy annual plant which grows up to a height of 2.5 feet. Oppositely arranged leaves are ovate to lance-like, coarsely rounded, and have toothed margin. Numerous pale blue or whitish flower-heads are 6 mm across, often forming dense domed to flat-topped clusters in leaf axils or end of branches. Flowers most of the year. The stem is often red and has long white hairs. The weak aromatic unpleasant smelling leaves are also covered with fine hair. The dark seeds have scales and ends in a needle-like shape. Goat weed is native to tropical America, but widely naturalized world over. In India it can be seen in the Himalayas, up to 2000 m altitudes.
Medicinal uses: In alternative medicine, ageratum is used against epilepsy and wounds, also used as an insect repellent. In China it is used to treat a variety of conditions, including common colds, headaches, boils, eczema, bleeding wounds, and burns.
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