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  • Shatavari, botanically known as Asparagus racemosus is commonly found Indian Herb.
  • Asparagus racemosus is a climbing shrub belonging to family Liliaceae.
  • Asparagus is a perennial vegetable arising from a root system of fleshy rhizomes known as the "crown".
  • It is a herb that regulates hormonal secretion.


  • Generally, Shatavari prefers lateritic, red loamy soils, with adequate drainage.

  • Being a shallow rooted crop, it can be easily grown under such shallow and rocky soils where the soil depth is hardly 20-30 cm.

  • The crop survives under varied agro-climatic conditions ranging from temperature to tropical hill regions.

  • Shatavari can be grown in moderate hills like Shevroys, Kolli and Kalrayan hills and medium elevations of Western Ghat hills under condition where the elevations are between 800 to 1500 m above MSL. It tolerates drought as well as low temperature.


  • Shatavari acts as a galactogogue and is useful in lactation failure. Promotes lactation.
  • Asparagus is used by physicians and herbal specialist to treat diseases such as, Moistens dry tissues of the reproductive organs, kidneys, stomach and lungs.
  • Shatavari, which is rich in both amylase (the enzyme that helps digest carbohydrates) and lipase (the enzyme that helps digest fats), is known to support female hormones and increase milk production.
  • Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari) is recommended in Ayurvedic texts for prevention and treatment of gastric ulcers, dyspepsia and as a galactogogue.


  • The average yield is reported to about 2607 gms fresh weight per plant after 40 months age.
  • The roots come to maturity in about 12-14 months after planting depending upon the soil and climatic conditions.

  •  A single plant may yield about 500 to 600 g of fresh root. On an average, 12,000 to 14,000 kg of fresh roots can be harvested from one hectare area which on drying may yield about 1000 to 1200 kg of dried roots.

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