Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), packet of 20 seeds, organic


Family:  Ginseng (Araliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 7

(Ci-wu-jia, Siberian Ginseng) Woody perennial shrub with ginseng-like leaves and white flowers giving way to the blue-black fruits. Rare in cultivation. Native to North Korea, northern China and Siberia. The root and root bark are the parts used.  Traditional usage: adaptogen.  Source of eleutherosides. The plant will thrive in full sun and moist soil in the north, but prefers shade and moist soil in hotter, more southerly locations.  Plant does well with standard garden soil and may be spaced 10 feet apart.   Cultivation from seeds:  If in winter or early spring, sow seed in a cool greenhouse or in flats left in the shadehouse, shade garden, or in moist, cool woods. Sowing in flats in the cold greenhouse is advised, because this gives better control.  Germination is usually in the first spring although seed may require 2 vernal cycles to germinate.  This is the non-spiny cultivar that we prefer, due to its handle-ability.  A lovely plant, really.  A rare offering of newly harvested and dried seeds.

20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown

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    Matt (verified owner)

    Do you have a spiny variety? I’m in Alaska and plants that have their own defense against browsing are greatly appreciated. The moose here are huge, hungry and basically unstoppable. Any variety with terrible spines, thorns and bristles will be welcome here. I have ordered some seed already, maybe I’ll get some spikes out of some of them, one can hope. Just wondering if you have any plants that are too viscous for civilization and look up for a challenge. Thanks

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      MAtt, I have spiny eleuthero in plants only, not in seeds. You could buy a spineless plant and request that I send you a spiny one for the same price. They do well in extreme conditions but they do need shade. richo

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