Ashwagandha, African Ecotype (Withania somnifera) seeds, organic

$4.95

Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)

Hardy to Zones 8 to 12

Native to Africa, this is an ecotype with large leaves and very fast growth.   Traditional usage (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.  Light dependent germinator.  Sow in early spring indoors or in the greenhouse.  Average germ time 15 days.  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.

Packet contains 50 seeds
1 g contains ~650 seeds
5 g contains ~3,250 seeds
10 g contains ~6,500 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    Kriste Sutch

    I live in a 6a-6b zone. Will my ashwagandha make it thru winter if I dig it up and bring it in? Or is it better to harvest what root I have and call it a year?

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    • Mayche Cech

      Mayche Cech

      Hi Kriste, It is better to dig it up the root and use it–this is grown like an annual in a Zone 6 garden. Hint: wash the root and snip it into small pieces while still fresh, then dry it. richo

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    jeff symonds

    the african ashwaganda is the medicinal part the root and can it be grown as a annual in zone 4.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Jeff,
      This is a large and vigorous ecotype I collected originally in Kenya. The local people use the root and young plants are preferred–the roots are less woody that way. You can grow it as an annual. Dig root after first frost. richo

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    • Dana Blanton

      Do you ferment ashwagandha berries to save the seed or just wash them?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      good question. I haven’t tried fermentation but it would probably be good. I put the fresh red berries with a little water and blend them in the blender and then flotate. wow, do I get clean seed that way. the blender doesn’t hurt the seeds. r

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