Saussurea costus is a herb of height 2.5 m. Basal leaves are up to 40 cm across and pinnately large. Flowers have purple heads.
Koot, Kuth or Kushta
Asteraceae(Aster or Sun Flower Family)
June to September
In alpine meadows and this plant is commonly cultivated in the area.
In Ayurveda roots are used to treat cramps, mental diseases, headache and snake poisoning. In China 50 Fundamental herbs are used in their system of medicine. In Tibetan medicine it is used to treat swellings, irregular menstruation, stomachache and breathing troubles, rheumatism.
Location in the Valley of flowers
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