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Andrographis paniculata is easily grown and considered an annual or biennial bush.

It will grow in sun or partial shade to a height of 18 inches to over 4 feet.

 An erect shrub, Andrographis is green with sparse lanceolate leaves up to 5 inches long on green stems.

The leaves are scentless. The shrubs small flowers are tubular-shaped and white with pale violet streaks. The seeds are known to drop quickly if not harvested.

The whole plant has a bitter taste due to the pungent diterpenoid lactones, hence the name king of bitters in some places.