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Eleuthero, Spineless (Eleutherococcus senticosus) potted shrub, organic

$26.00

Family:  Ginseng (Araliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 9

(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.

P.S. OK, it has been pointed out to me that these plants do have some spines.  This is true, “spineless” in a relative sense.  Spiny eleuthero is simply COVERED with really dangerous spines, while this cultivar may be expected to have none or few spines.  Richo

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  1. Question

    Pam

    I live in Carmel midway between the coast and Carmel Valley. The planting zones around me go from 10a,8a,8b,9a,and 9b. It is hard to figure but my best guess is 9a or 9b. Do you think Eleuthero will do well here? It can be cool and we get some fog but mostly we are above it on a north facing hillside, that can also catch some sun.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Pam, What a nice photo, it seems I already know you–and I do know your area very well, having lectured in Carmel and worked all around Aptos, Big Sur, etc. etc. Well, the north exposure and fogs sound good. You need a niche in the moist shade and you’ll be fine. I get nothing but rave reviews about this plant, we will be listing it again in January. Richo

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    • Max

      How old are your ginseng plants?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Max,
      I need to let you know that the Eleuthero are not currently available. You can hit “waitlist” and we’ll enable sales in January of 2022. These are not really ginseng, although they are in the ginseng family. The plants will be about 6 months old rooted cuttings when shipped. richo

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  2. Question

    Rhonda Lewis

    Will you be getting Any Siberian ginseng plants this year

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi Rhonda,
      Thank you for your interest in Eleuthero–what an amazing plant! We grow our own. People have been ordering these since Jan 1. We’ll see if there are any left over after shipping those out so please do hit “waitlist,” we’ll enable this when we can. Richo

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      yes, please hit “waitlist”

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    • Margaret FitzGibbon (verified owner)

      Is Eluthero senticosus monecious or dioecious? I am seeing listed both ways online.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      only someone who has never grown the plant would say they are dioecious. The plant is self-fertile and the flowers are hermaphroditic. richo

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  3. Question

    Cynthia

    Hello,
    Do you expect any more Eleuthero at some point ?
    Thanks
    Cynthia

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Cynthia, I think the plants I grew this year barely managed to fulfill existing orders. If there are any left I’ll try to e-mail you, but do hit “waitlist.” The next big listing will be January 2022. Richo

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    • Angela Christensen

      I am on the waitlist also and would love some if any are available!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Angela, hitting waitlist is a worthy trick, we still have quite a few of these in stock, and have to catch our tail in terms of shipping before we can enable any remainders. r

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  4. Question

    Elisabeth Holmgren

    How would Siberian ginseng do in Alaska zone 4? Will it want full sun? Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Elisabeth, I would say the plant would do best under aspen or birch and near water. Richo

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    • Jeremy Lewis

      Hello Richo I was just wondering how I order this Eleuthero plant. Haven’t had very much success germinating seeds over the last 2 years. It says if ordered now it will ship the second week of May. Is there a way to place an order? Thank you very much!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Jeremy, Nice to hear from you. They are really hard to start from seeds. I tried to get more going from cuttings than were listed in January although the ones that were listed did sell out. The thing about the second week of May is currently on every plant regardless of stock status. I’ll try to e-mail you–please do hit waitlist. Richo

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  5. Question

    Erica Smith

    Hi. Will this grow is 7a? What conditions does it like?

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Erica, Eleuthero will grow in your zone and likes moist shade. mine are blooming as we speak. richo

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    • morgaine (verified owner)

      are they frost resistant?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Morgaine,
      Our eleuthero are currently frost tender because they are greenhoused, but eleuthero, once acclimatized, is extremely frost tolerant.
      Richo

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Morgaine,
      Our eleuthero are greenhoused so it is not recommended to put them right out in frost. Once acclimatized, eleuthero is extremely frost and cold tolerant.
      Richo

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    • Cindy

      Hi Ricoh,
      We live in Colorado, super dry and 8700 feet. Do you think we could grow this in a greenhouse? Seems like all of the imported Siberian ginseng is ladened with many pesticides…..

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Cindy, Colorado is a Zone 3 and spineless eleuthero is listed down to zone 3, so it should overwinter for you. These get pretty big for a greenhouse, you might want to try it outdoors. Right, high elevation and dry–provide wind protection and a sunny exposure, like up against the south side of the house. The watering requirements are moderate but they don’t do well if allowed to completely dry out. richo

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    Question

    keiko leonard

    I read the other reviews of people who planted this but didn’t see any in my zone 7. Which placement would suit this plant in zone 7? I have noticed in the past 4 or so years fluctuations in the seasons (temperatures, rainfall, etc) & so I would want to be careful where it is placed. I am organic & have been for 22 years on my property, use rainwater, compost. Thanks for info!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Keiko,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The Eleuthero will want a shady spot in a Zone 7. Edge of woodland, north side of house, or edge of shade garden are suitable planting areas. Sounds like you have all the right elements there. Here on our farm we used to be a Zone 7 so most of our cultivation details are based on that. USDA has recently moved us up to a Zone 8 due to global warming and my Eleuthero are still very happy down in the woods or in the upland area at the edge of the shade garden. I suppose the trees get filtered sunlight and dappled sun for 6 hours or so a day. Please order soon, when the inventory runs down on these it means they are sold out and I won’t have them again until the next year.
      Richo

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    • Sara McGuire

      Hey, fyi: I bought one of Richo’s Eleuthero shrubs a few years ago, and it’s THRIVING (well over 6 feet high) growing on the east side of a tool shed our our property on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, zone 6. Hot, dry summers. Cold rain/sleet at other times of the year. Bedrock near the surface or just under a thin layer of soil in many areas. This year, the Eleuthero was blooming and we got a lot of berries. Many of my plant medicine friends want one. This plant is one tough cookie…

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi sara, not to sound too woo woo or anything but i just came in from making eleuthero cuttings. Its been very cold, the trees have been very dormant, and its due to warm up in the next few days. gotta make cuttings prior to breaking bud. One thing that’s been fun and rewarding this year is finding windfall branches and making cuttings from them before they die. Feels a little like pulling the baby out of the fire. Richo

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    • Sara McGuire

      That’s a GREAT idea…! I’ve had a few little plants starting off of the main plant (spider plant style), but I haven’t tried this…TY!!!

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  7. Question

    Jay

    Have you started eleuthero from seed before? I tried last year with 6 mos. of warm stratification in my kitchen planted in flats, followed by a month of cold stratification in a well insulated cooler with ice packs. The flats did dry out periodically in warm strat., maybe this explains my lack of success? This year I would like to try keeping the seed unplanted but just in a bag indoors for the warm strat. Then, plant them in flats for the month of cold strat. What would you suggest as to growing from seed?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Jay,
      Yes, that is how I got both cultivars (spiny and spineless) going in the first place. I find that they are standard overwintering germinators. Outdoor flats in the shade, well-screened, work best.
      Richo

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  8. Question

    Gwyn (verified owner)

    Thank you so much for Eleuthero! I love it! Mine has a few spines. I have a pruning question…when it was a tiny baby it had an upright stalk that didn’t survive but a side stalk did! I waited to see if more shoots would come, but it stayed as one branch angled right from the base. The plant is healthy and has a small flower, and now I am wondering if I should prune it to be more upright, how much to prune, and when is a good time? Thank you!

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Gwyn,
      “Spineless” eleuthero does have some spines. Its a relative thing. Spiny eleuthero bristles with spines. Normally the live bush is not pruned but allowed to take a natural shape. Prune dead wood out. If you want to train the plant to a more upright position, then stake it.
      Richo

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  9. Question

    Jenifer Bliss

    how tall do Eluthros get? And how long before you are able to harvest bark? Thinking of growing some… when you have them again.

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, nice, we would have these again in the spring for spring planting. They get about 12 feet tall. The root bark may be harvested after 3 years.

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  10. Question

    Chris Cincotta

    Are these grown from seed? If not, are both male and female plants available? Are both required for fruit?
    Thanks!

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Eleuthero is monoecious, meaning both male and female parts are on the same plant. These are cuttings from my mature trees. Once they size up, yes, they readily fruit.

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  11. Question

    Dina Falconi

    How does the spineless Eleutherococcus senticosus you offer differ from the spiny version? They have the same scientific name; so is the one you offer a cultivar? Do the spiny and spineless have the same medicinal value? Thanks! Dina

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hello Dina,
      Thanks for the good questions. There is variability in Eleutherococcus senticosus–some ecotypes are very spiny, others less spiny. We have concentrated on the less spiny type because it is less dangerous to the touch. However, be careful, an occasional spine does occur! We tested the spineless type against the spiny type (HPTLC) and found that both contained the eleutherosides a and b. Best regards, richo

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  12. Question

    Valentina Arias

    When will you have this in stock again?

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    • Diana

      Diana

      In the spring.

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    Eleutherococcus senticosus (spineless)

    Vicki Fisher

    This is my plant from Strictly Medicinal. This is her 3rd spring (and I moved her last spring end of May!! from NY to PA) She threw a thorned branch last year but it withered and died. She is around four and half feet high and I intend to start pruning her height at this point. She is in part-shade, zone 5.

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  14. Raymond

    Raymond (verified owner)

    You guys are amazing! Not only is Strictly Medicinal the only supplier of this plant, the quality, care and love put into the plants is superb. The plant I received is doing wonderfully now and arrived in prime condition. For any plant enthusiast, preservationists or green thumbs alike, this is the place for everything from the rare, the niche, the sacred and the delicious.

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    Irmgard Tank (verified owner)

    As a long-time customer of Strictly Medicinal (even when it still was Horizon Herbs) and I have never been disappointed! The quality of the plants clearly shows the care and feed they receive during their cultivation. The shipping has always been impeccable. Yesterday I received another 10 potted plants and not even a single leaf of any of those plants got damaged! The people at Strictly Medicinal are experts, they package the plants such that they will withstand the journey and will arrive happy to grow in a new environment.
    I can only hope and wish that they will continue to do well and be able to provide us with unusual medicinal herbs that we can grow and turn into medicines…. I agree with Margaret above – there simply is no other medicinal herb, seed and plant provider who comes even close to the variety of plants offered here.
    Thank you Richo and family for everything you do – we do appreciate it! 🙂

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  16. Margaret FitzGibbon

    Margaret FitzGibbon (verified owner)

    My Eleutherococcus senticosus plants arrived today (I’m clear across the country in NY state) and they were beautifully packed and arrived in wonderful condition. I’m thrilled with them.

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  17. Margaret FitzGibbon

    Margaret FitzGibbon

    You are the only place I have found that carries Eleutherococcus senticosus. Thank you!

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    • Tony and Rachel Wood (verified owner)

      I also received my plant today and as always everything is beautiful and ready to plant. This is the number one garden place in the world!! Cool folks, cool plants!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Tony and Rachel,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to acknowledge our efforts. The eleuthero are indeed my babies, and I start working with them in October to ship in the spring. With a plant like this, the medicine is obvious–plant vigor, human vigor, same-same.
      Richo

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