Zhi-mu (Anemarrhena asphodeloides) packet of 20 seeds
Family: Asparagus (Asparagaceae)
Hardy to Zones 2 to 8
Herbaceous perennial monocot native to China and Mongolia, flowering in upright spikes, fragrant, variable colors from pink to brownish-purple, to a height of 30 inches. The leaves are grasslike. It is the weighty rhizome that is used in TCM: one of the herbs that purges heat, used in treating staph infections, fever, bronchitis, pneumonia. Source of steroidal saponins. The plant prefers a part shade exposure with rich, slightly acidic, moist soil. The seeds may be sown fall or early spring, requiring 30 days or more cold stratification before germination. They are light-dependent and should be pressed into the surface of a rich potting soil, left outdoors to cold stratify and then brought in for germination. Alternatively, mix the seed in moist peat and refrigerate for 10 days, then surface-sow and keep warm and in the light until germination, which can take up to 30 days.
20 seeds per packet, open-pollinated, untreated, NO GMO’s