Justicia procumbens – Water Willow

Other notes

Natural History: A prostrate herb found in moist places. It has medicinal properties and produces an unpleasant smell when crushed (Flowers of India, 2022). Tiny purple flowers arise on hairy spikes (WFO, 2022).



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, 10:11495–11550. DOI: https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.3104.10.4.11495-11550.

WFO (2022): World Flora Online. Accessed on 20 Dec 2022. URL: http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000353573.

Flowers of India (2022). Accessed on 20 Dec 2022. URL: http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Water%20Willow.html.

Page citation

Churi, P. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Justicia procumbens L. – Water Willow. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/justicia-procumbens, accessed 2024/05/24.