11. Peganum harmala L. NITRARIACEAE

A plant with many uses, both mystical and practical. It is one of the possible identifications for the Vedic plant ‘soma’, and the origin of turkey red dye for fabrics. It is widespread in arid regions from North Africa to North-West India, and has been introduced and naturalised in North America.

Photograph of this accession of Peganum harmala


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