Rhodiola, Russian (Rhodiola rosea), packet of 100 seeds

$4.95

Family: Stonecrop (Crassulacea)

Hardy to Zones 1 to 7

(Sedum rhodiola, Golden Root, Rose Root, Russian Rhodiola)  Perennial, fleshy succulent.  There are a number of different ecotypes of Rhodiola rosea. Glycoside (e.g. rosavin, rosin) content is variable depending on ecotype.  This see is from the Russian ecotype that originates within the arctic circle.  It is a high rosavin type.  The dried roots are rose-scented.  Traditional use (TWM): tonic, adaptogenic. Plant prefers sun at altitude and shade to part shade at lower elevations.  Plant in calcareous soil or rock garden. Flowers to 10 inches.  Seed is very tiny and can be mixed with sand prior to planting to help make an even distribution.  Sow seed on surface of fast-draining potting soil in flat or pot and press in securely.  Best to sow seed in fall or very early spring and subject the planting to outdoor conditions–snow, rain, and temperature oscillation all stimulate germination.  Lacking outdoor conditions, the seed may be stratified for 90 days in moist medium in the refrigerator, then surface-sown in cool shade.  Germination is in the spring.  Individuate seedlings and work up in successively larger pots until they are sufficiently sized to transplant to the landscape. Space 1 foot apart.  Rhodiola may also be gainfully grown in pots to maturity–it makes an interesting succulent plant, steeped in folklore, honored by herbalists, with a nice yellow flower.

100 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s

 

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    Kathi McCallum

    I live in a high altitude mountainous, desert area of Colorado. I am looking for medicinal plants to grow here and rhodiola is definitely on my list. Temperatures here rarely get into the 80s in the summer and stay mostly below 40 in the winter. It seems, from what I have read, rhodiola may adapt to this area. What do you think and please share any advice you may offer. Also, if you know of other medicial plants that do well in this type of area, please let me know. Thanks! Kathi

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      Richo Cech

      Yes, rhodiola is native to the rockies. Other good ideas would be valerian, arnica, osha and bitterroot. Also oregon grape, cinquefoil, navajo tea, western mugwort and camus. A little research at http://www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com would bear fruit. r

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    Brigid

    What is your take on attempting to grow in zone 8b on the gulf coast? I realize it is well out of this herbs preferred climate.

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      Admin Richo Cech

      These suffer in too much heat, I don’t like to do it to them…

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    Arcadio Marianella

    When do you forsee getting more Russian Rhodeola seeds in?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      New harvest currently in stock. richo

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