Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a herb plant also known as, Indian Ginseng, Winter cherry, Ajagandha, Kanaje Hindi and Samm Al Ferakh. Used by Indian herbalists ( Ayurvedic medicine ) as tonic or powder that has benefits for stress reduction and anxiety. Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera grows to nearly 2m and is from the Solanaceae or nightshade family.
Ashwagandha is fairly easy to grow in a sunny position and any well drained soil. As with many herb plants it will grow in relatively poor soils.
Grown mainly for medicinal uses this is a medium growing plant to around 1m in height. It likes a warm climate and fairly dry conditions, also known as the ‘Winter Cherry’ seems to thrive in poor soils. Grown from seeds sown in time for summer rains.
Watering is only required if follow up rain is not received. Both the roots and seeds from the berries are dried for use in Ayurvedic medicine as rejuvenating agents including the treatment wide range of conditions, and is taken both as a tonic and in powdered of tablet form.
Can you grow Ashwagandha in a pot or container ? Usually not recommended, however, in a large well drained container in a sunny position it would probably work. These are not really ornamental plant, and although you can grow the plants in the home garden, it is mainly grown in India.
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Ashwagandha Plants or Seeds are available for sale from the following participating nurseries
CORNUCOPIA SEEDS and PLANTS – phone: 03 5457 1230 fax: 03 5457 1354
PO Box 427 Kerang Vic 3579
Paradise Distributers – 07 5441 5921