Asystasia gangetica – Ganges Primrose

Other notes

Natural History: A perennial spreading herb native to India, often cultivated in gardens for its attractive flowers. The flowers are funnel-shaped and white, yellow or purple in colour (Flowers of India, 2022).


Notes: This plant has been recorded as a new larval host for Hypolimnas bolina – Great Eggfly by Priyanka Kumari from Mumbai, Maharashtra in 2020.



Nitin, R., V.C. Balakrishnan, P.V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. (2018). Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(4): 11495–11550. [DOI]

Mohite, K., U. Pawar, A. Mamlayya, N. Desai and V. Kakulte. 2022. Development of Junonia iphita cramer (Nyphalidae: Lepidoptera) on new larval food plant Asystasia gangetica (L.) T. anderson. International Journal of Entomology Research, 7(3): 115-117. [link]

Robinson, G.S., P.R. Ackery, I. Kitching, G.W. Beccaloni, and L.M. Hernández. (2023). HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum. [DOI]

Flowers of India (2023): Ganges Primrose. Accessed on: 31 Jul 2023. [URL]

WFO (2023): Asystasia gangetica (L.) T.Anderson. Accessed on: 31 Jul 2023. [URL]

Page citation

Kumari, P. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Asystasia gangetica (L.) T. Anderson – Ganges Primrose. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/04/23.