Stoneroot (Collinsonia canadensis), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Mint (Lamiacea)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 8
(Stone Root, Richweed) Sturdy, handsome broad-leaved perennial native to the eastern US hardwood forest biome, flowering to 4 feet tall. Plant bears bright panicles of yellow flowers that smell like lemons. Traditional use (TWM): Tincture of the fresh, stone-hard root helps shrink varicosities—general vascular tonic. Stoneroot likes moist soils in the dappled shade of woodland or shade garden. This is one of the easiest and most rewarding to cultivate of the wild woodland medicinals. In the woodlands, you will find the plant in moist, deep soils near streams or in lowlands. The plant has a definite non-weedy presence, as if a show plant from a botanical garden was somehow transported into the wild. The plant withstands more light than most deep-forest herbs, and some patches on our land are planted in places where they receive half a day of sun with no deleterious effects. In fact, some sunlight is necessary in order for the plant to complete its seeding process. Honeybees love stone root–it provides some of the best nectar available in the forest understory. Stoneroot is easy to grow from seed but the seed does require cold stratification before it will germinate. Give 60 to 90 days refrigeration in moist medium (plastic bag or jar containing moist peat with the seeds mixed in), or sow in fall for germination in the spring. We are offering only seed from the new harvest. Space plants 2 feet apart.
20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown