Withania somnifera
Uses: Medicinal/Poisonous! Duration: Annual
When to Sow: Spring Ease of Germination: Moderate
Ashwagandha, also known as “Indian Ginseng” or “winter cherry”, is a gentle, calming adaptogen that has been highly esteemed in Ayurvedic medicine for millenia. It is a shrub with green flowers that eventually transform into orange berries. Its roots provide a powerful nervine tonic that strengthens the bodys response to stress. In Sanskrit, Ashwa means "horse" and gandha "sweat" or "smell of perspiration", implying that the ashwagandha herb builds stallion-like strength. This in turn, increases energy levels, improves sleep as well as cognitive function. It has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antioxidant, immunomodulary and hemopoetic properties. New research has shown its ability to protect the brain against damage. Roots can be harvested within the first or second year and prepared by carefully digging up, washing, cutting into small pieces and placing in the sun to dry; typically integrated into the diet as a powder, tincture, tea or capsule. Sow in full sun to partial shade; avoid overwatering. Ashwagandha is native to hot and arid climates, but does well in North American gardens if started early indoors. Prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Grows best between 20-35C. Ht 3 ft.
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