Eclipta (Eclipta alba), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Annual, 60 days to harvest
(Bhringaraj, Eclipta prostrata, Mo-han-lian) A creeping and moisture-loving herb with white flowers giving way to a button-like display of fat green seeds that turn black when fully mature. Good subject for around the hose bib or used as a low-lying bedding plant. Traditional use (Ayurveda): hepatic tonic, hair tonic. Sow seed just below soil surface, tamp in well and keep warm and in the light. Regarding germination times for Eclipta alba, the common expectation is 12 to 24 days in spring conditions. However I have been keeping careful track of this, due to much feedback regarding nongermination of Eclipta alba seeds, and in 2020/21 I made a planting that gave these results: Planted 11/17/20 in greenhouse conditions. Less than 1% germination in 2 weeks. Kept the plant in the greenhouse, nearly barren, for the entire winter and on 3/2/2021 all the rest of the seeds came up. That’s a 105 day induction period. Whether this is an expectable germination period for the seeds of Eclipta alba and should represent a reasonable cultivation scenario for it, or whether this is merely the result of Kokopelli’s springtime fluting, is still not fully understood. However, this is the greatest germination I’ve ever seen on the species. Space plants 1 foot apart. Grows to about a foot tall.
30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically grown