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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) aka Indian Ginseng is an herb in the Solanaceae family (related to tomatoes), traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as an adrenal tonic. The plant has beautiful silvery and slightly fuzzy leaves and produces unassuming little green flowers that become ornamental, orangey/red berries covered in a husk much like a physalis.
If you are growing to harvest the roots, plant in the ground in an area that receives full sun and has very well-draining soil. For container growing I suggest a very deep pot -- the deeper the better. Harvest the roots in the fall when the berries appear.
Special Notes: Requires well drained soil. Harvest roots in the fall when berries appear. Drought tolerant.
Seed Starting and Growing: A perennial in zones 9-11 that can grow to be 6 ft tall. Will stay within 1-3 ft tall in colder zones as it can only be grown as an annual. I start seeds indoors a little earlier than tomatoes and plant out at the same time, after all danger of frost has passed. Needs light to germinate so press seeds into moist soil, but do not bury. Can take 1-2 weeks to germinate. Prefers fun sun an warmth. Soil should be well draining.
About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown, harvested, and processed by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.