Bitter-Root is a small herb with spoon-shaped, 5-15 cm long leaves, almost all at the base. Leaves are coarsely toothed, narrowed to a winged stalk. Rhizomes of the plant are 15-25 cm long and woody. Flowers are small, pale or purplish blue, borne in cylindric spikes, spikes borne on almost leafless erect stems. Flowers about 8 mm, 5-lobed to the middle, and with much long stamens. Fruits are 1.3 cm long. Flowering stems are usually longer than the leaves. Bitter-Root is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 3300-4300 m. Flowering: June-August.
|Botanical Name||Common Name||Tamil||Hindi||Malayalam|
|Picrorhiza kurroa||Bitter Root||கடுகுரோகிணி||कुटुकी / kutuki||കടുകുരോഹിണി / Kadugurohini|