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Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha can be recognised by the red fruit covered by the brownish, papery, inflated calyx. Collectors have described it as a bad-smelling bush with particularly strong-smelling roots and have also commented on the leaves that have a strong smell of green tomatoes.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Various parts of the plant are harvested for use in traditional medicine.

Propagation

Seed
Propagation is by seed, germination is easy in trays or in situ.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean, tropical Africa to South Africa, Canary Islands, Cape Verde Islands, Middle East, Arabia, India, Sri Lanka and Southern China.
Natural climate
Temperate to tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The plant's long, brown, tuberous roots have been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine.

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Green
Scent
Strong

Problems

It is prone to several pests and diseases, mostly Leaf spot disease.

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