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Annatto, Bixa orellana, Shendri, Sindur Orange Color Plant

Annatto, Bixa orellana, Shendri, Sindur Orange Color Plant

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Widely known as the Sindur Plant and Shendri plant is a very rare botanical species called Bixa Orellana. The plant is native to Southeast Asia particularly India where its first use a dye was known and reported

Due to its wide use as dyes and lipsticks, it is often considered suitable to grow indoors. So, one can also find the Lipstick Plants online at affordable ranges and of good quality!


Plant Specifications:

Plant Height 60-61 cm
Plant Spread 10-15 cm



Annatto Plant Facts:

  • The plant’s usage as the dye came from the Indian subcontinent where it was widely used and exported
  • Two types of carotenoids pigments- bixin and norbixin results in a very different seed coat


Plant Details:

Flower Color Pink, Purple
Flower size Medium
Common Name Lipstick tree, Annatto, Arnatto, Latkan, Shendri, Sindur Plant, Bixa orellana
Leaf Color Green
Leaf Shape Ovate
Leaf Arrangement Alternate
Maximum Reachable Height 10 meters
Plant Fragrance Not defined
Visual Beauty Pleasant
Bloom Time October- December
Growing difficulty level Easy to grow



Sindur Plant Benefits:

  • The plant has potential food colouring properties and therefore finds its use in spices
  • The plant is widely used for the manufacturing of lipsticks
  • This Sindur Plant is also commonly used by every married female in India as Sindur


Sindur Plant Care Information:

Optimum Growth Temperature 25-35 ℃
Optimum Soil Requirement Moist, Fertile Soil
Optimum Light Requirement Direct bright sunlight
Container Specifications Well-drained Pot
Watering Requirements Moderate watering is required
Fertilizing Requirements Organic fertilizers



Annatto Plant Care Instructions:


  • Although the plant can grow well in the indoor environment, it is advised that the plant should be grown in an area that receives proper sunlight
  • Make sure that the plant is properly placed in the pot because re-potting the plant can be difficult


  • Try to use organic fertilizers to ensure no chemical degrades Lipstick plant quality

Watering Tip: 

  • To keep the Sindur Plant intact, watering should be done when the plant container or soil has dried
  • Do not water the flowers of the plant as they are sensitive to fungal infection

Pest Treatment: 

  • To remove pests from the planting area use insecticidal sprays, neem, and eucalyptus plants


As the plant has potential phytochemicals ingredients for human use and requires low maintenance, therefore, it should be grown in indoor households and in nurseries. If you wish to establish a home garden quickly then have a look at the Sindur Plant online collection. 

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