Henna | Mehandi plant | Lawsonia inermis
Common Name: Henna, Mehandi plant
Botanical name: Lawsonia inermis
We would remember the henna plant for the rich, deep red mehendi or maruthani on our hands during festivals and the red henna hair dye commonly used. In addition to this, it has health benefits like cooling body temperature and serves as an excellent ornamental outdoor tree. Henna would thrive in your garden when you plant it on well-drained soil and water it only once the soil dries out. It also loves the sunlight, so choose a nice sunny spot for it.
It is quite a tall shrub, that grows up to 25 feet. Did you know it was brought to India by the Mughal emperor Babur?