Linn.Family ► Agavaceae.Habitat ► Native to America; grown in gardens for ornamentation.English ► Century Plant, American Aloe.Ayurvedic ► Kaantala (related sp.).Siddha/Tamil ► Alagai.Folk ► Ban-Kevaraa.Action ► Leaf juice—used for warts, cancerous ulcers and putrid tumours. Leaves are also used as a resolvant in syphilis and scrofula.The leaves contain ten steroidal sa- ponins (six of these are spirostanolic and four furostanolic), also hecogenin (0.20%) and piscidic acid. The seeds contain steroid sapogenins including hecogenin. The plant exhibits significant antibacterial activity.
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