Through June 16th, we will continue to take orders for potted plants to be delivered by second week of July.  Orders received after June 16th will begin shipping second week of September.  First come first served. 

Ashwagandha, African Ecotype (Withania somnifera) potted plant, organic

$8.50$21.95

Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12

Native to Africa, this is an ecotype with large leaves and very fast growth.   Traditional usage (dried root): (Ayurveda and Dawa za Asili): energy and sexual tonic.  Plant prefers full sun, fast-draining, alkaline (pH 7.5 to 8.0) soil and dryish conditions.  Sweeten regular garden soil with ground limestone.  Space 1 foot apart–grows 2 to 3 feet tall, producing eventually the lantern-like pods enclosing the pea-sized fruits, green at first and becoming bright red as the inflated calyx dries and becomes transparent.

Potted Plant, Certified Organically Grown

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    Nicole

    Is this a good plant to stay potted?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      It is OK, but really wants to grow to full size and strike its roots deeply

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    • Chuck Culbertson

      What zones can this be grown in ?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Chuck, you can grow it as a garden annual in any zone. The plant will be an herbaceous or woody perennial in zone 8 and up. Richo

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    • Rebecca

      I have a high tunnel greenhouse to grow Few herbs for personal use. Do you ship barefoot plants. I’m in Missouri and it gets hot in GH fast

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Rebecca, thanks for contacting. We sell only the things you find on our website, mainly seeds, potted plants and bare roots. You’re on the african ashwagandha page–we would send you an african ashwagandha in a pot–it would do very well in a hot hoophouse. richo

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    • Roger Hale

      Can i buy just the dormant root?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      you might be able to buy the seeds. we can’t ship live plants or roots to belize.

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    • ritatemplephotography

      Can you eat the pea sized fruits?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi rita, there’s not much ethnography to go on to answer this question. one source states that the berries are used for coagulating milk in cheesemaking–a rennet substitute. In that case I guess one would be eating some of it. richo

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Loren, Ashwagandha acts as an herbaceous perennial in zone 8. That means, that when the tops die back, there is still a budded root underground set to re-emerge when the weather warms up again. If the root freezes deeply, it is likely to lose its life force. You did the right thing by bringing them in to protect the root through the winter. Richo

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    • verastar

      I’m in 7b central NC. I tend to have good luck with heat loving and varieties of African, Indian and Indonesian origins. Deep summer heat is pretty strong. Do you think this zone 8 designation would have some wiggle room for my 7b? Probably will be zone 8 in a couple of years if climate continues to change as it has.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Verastar,
      Thanks for writing. Gardeners have good results growing the african ecotype ashwagandha as a summer annual regardless of zone. For overwintering as an herbaceous perennial i do think zone 8 is the minimum. Even in Africa, this is generally grown as an annual. Perennializing ashwagandha is possible but not necessarily the goal. richo

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