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Botanical Name:

Withania somnifera

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Full Sun

Common uses:

Ashwagandha is a rare plant but one of the important gems in our ever-changing fast pace world. It is a well-known adaptogen, helping your body cope with stress and is also used for depression and anxiety with great results. It reduces the amount of cortisol which is one of your stress hormones and also has the ability to boost brain function without interfering with any brain chemistry. It is commonly known as Indian ginseng and like Ginseng it boosts energy levels and acts as a general tonic for the whole body. It reduces blood sugar levels and has significant anti cancer properties. It has also recently been researched for increasing testosterone production in men and increasing muscle mass. The plant parts used is mostly the dried roots/tubers and the leaves.


Ashwagandha is a fairly easy to grow plant with multitudes of seeds and flowers. The seeds are covered in a husk similar to gooseberries. The roots can be harvested every 2 years. They prefer well draining sandy soil and will not tolerate water logged soil. They need to be watered every week in order to ensure maximum tuber growth. They are frost tender but will regrow after frost.