Last day to order live roots is Dec 1, 2020. Roots orders made after that date will be shipped starting in September of 2021.

Last day to order plants for fall delivery is Nov 22, 2020.  Plant orders made after that date will be shipped starting March 15, 2021.

Wild Yam, American–villosa (Dioscorea villosa) live root, organic


Family:  Yam (Dioscoraceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 9

(Colic Root, Rheumatism Root) Native to the southern, central and eastern portions of the US.  Dioecious herbaceous perennial with prominently veined, heart-shaped leaves and a pencil-thin creeping rhizome.  The vine will easily reach a height of 20 feet.  This plant prefers rich, humus-laden soil and grows best in the dappled shade of woodland or shade garden.  The plant will vigorously climb on trellis, fence or tree.   Dioscorea villosa is considered official.  Traditional usage of preparations made from the dried rhizome (TWM): antispasmodic for smooth tissues; stomach, bowel, infant colic or menstrual cramps.  Cultivation:  Rake back the mulch, make a narrow furrow in the soil, lay the root in parallel to the soil surface, cover with soil (about 2 inches deep), tamp securely, replace mulch over top of planting and pound in a stake to mark the spot.  Emergence is in the spring.  Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart.

Live Root, Certified Organically Grown

For more information on this plant, see “Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs” by Richo Cech


In stock

Share your thoughts!

Let us know what you think...

What others are saying

There are no contributions yet.




A password will be sent to your email address.

Continue as a Guest

Don't have an account? Sign Up