Withania somnifera


(Indian Ginseng / Geneesblaarbossie)

A powerful super herb, Ashwaganda is a straggly, upright growing, woody perennial with hairy grey-green leaves.  Smallish green flowers are followed by red berries during the warmer months of the year. It is fast growing, easy to maintain and very adaptable.  Its fleshy thick roots have a pungent smell and, like the leaves, are used medicinally in so many ways.  The leaves are used as a tea and the roots are grinded into a powder.

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Indigenous to Africa, India and Asia
Best in full sun, but will adapt to semi-shade
Keep young plants moist. Tolerant of dry conditions once established.
Will grow in most well-drained soils
Frost tender. Protect during winter or plant in pots and move to protection during winter
The plant has too many medicinal uses to list here, but generally is used as an adaptogen to help the body cope with everyday stresses and as a general tonic
The fruits are relished by birds