| ||Hippali, Thippali balli ( Piper longum )|
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It is an evergreen, weak-stemmed, creeping shrub with heart shaped leaves that resemble those of betel leaves. The plant bears separate male and female spikes. Fruits are small, round berries that turn red or black on ripening and are arranged in clusters around a cylindrical spike.
| || How to Grow: This evergreen plant has beautiful foliage. For a home herbal garden, two plants raised in the ground or in pots of 20-25 cm size are adequate. The plant can be trained along tree trunks and pillars and can also be raised in hanging pots.|
Care regime: It is a plant of wet tropics and prefers shady moist conditions. It, therefore, needs regular watering and shade from direct sun.
Parts Used: Fruiting spikes
Collection :The plant starts bearing flowers in about five-six months of planting. Fully developed unripe fruiting spikes can be plucked with hand for use in primary health care ailments.