Maralroot (Leuzea rhapontica), packet of 20 seeds

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Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 2 to 7

(Syn. Rhaponticum carthamoides, Leuzea carthamoides)

Herbaceous perennial native to Siberia.  Traditional usage (TWM):  The roots and seeds considered adaptogenic, used in athletic training to enhance muscle strength without acting as a stimulant.  Also used in animal husbandry as a feedant to increase weight gain.  Source of ecdysterones that increase the rate of  protein synthesis.  The roots are fibrous and difficult to grind and extract. Seeds are produced abundantly by the plant and may be harvested, winnowed, and ground with comparative ease.  This is similar to the way Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is processed.  The seeds contain four times the ecdysterones than the root (2% vs 0.5% – according to Finnish research).  Seeds have become the focus of recent bioassays.  The plant is also one of the major foodstuffs of a northerly dwelling ruminant known as the “Maral Deer” (shown), which dig and eat the root during rutting season.  Plant prefers sun and regular garden soils at elevation.  Growers at low elevation should give shade–these tend to go away after a year or two if they get too hot.  Very cold hardy, with showy flowers.   Sow in early spring or give 30 days moist refrigeration prior to planting in cool greenhouse conditions.  Germination in 6 days at 65 degrees F.  The plants are quite large and should be given 1 to 2 feet between individuals.

20 seeds per packet, Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

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  1. Question

    Christopher (verified owner)

    What is the heat index tolerance for these plants? I am in zone 5. Also, what is their watering requirement and tolerance? Have seedlings now from your seeds. Have shady spots, some times rains a lot, would root crowns need to be protected? Finally, when will more seeds be in stock?

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi, I’m not quite sure how you would like me to quantify this but a zone 5 is cold enough for them. They take standard watering, not too much nor too little.

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    • Nate Johnson

      Hey Richo, when might you have this available? I would like to start producing this botanical commercially again because this is a super potent adaptogen, but not well known. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Nate,
      My sources on this went awry, the last accession was low germ, and my own plantings did well on cool years and roasted on hot years and we’ve been having hot years. . . I am still looking for this, definitely hit “waitlist.”
      Richo

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    Christopher (verified owner)

    Do these seeds require cold stratification or scarifying to increase germination results?

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      Hi Christopher,
      The seeds do not require scarification but like you said, can benefit from cold stratification. I mix the seeds with moist (not sodden) peat moss in a small jar in the fridge for 30 days. Once planted, germination occurs in 6 days at 65 degrees F. 
      Richo

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