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Withania somnifera


plant overview
ashwagandha for ayurveda

This cousin to the tomato and potato has a long history of use in India. Because it is still considered an important Ayurvedic herb with qualities similar to ginseng, ashwagandha is also known as Indian ginseng.

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A Bit of Botany

a bit of botanical information about ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a short evergreen shrub of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family that grows 13-30 inches tall.

The branches extend radially from a central stem. The flowers are small and green and hermaphroditic. Almost the whole plant is covered with short, fine, silver-grey, branched hairs. The stems are brownish and prostrate to erect, sometimes leafless below. The leaves are alternate (opposite on flowering shoots), simple, margins entire to slightly wavy, broadly ovate, obovate or oblong. The ripe fruit is orange-red; the fruit is a hairless spherical berry.

In southern Africa the flowering time is mostly from October to June, while the fruiting time is mostly from October to July.

common names
& nomenclature

Its Hindu name means "horse smell," because the herb smells like a sweaty horse. The species name somnifera means "sleep-inducing" in Latin.

Also known as:
amukran-kizhangu, asagandha, asana, asgandh, asundha, asvagandhi, fatarfoda, hirimaddina-gadday, hirre-gadday, penneroo-gadda, pevette, sogade-beru, winter cherry, ashgandh, achuvagandi, amikkira-gadday, amukulang-kalang, amukkira-kilzhangu, indian ginseng, bitterappelliefie, geneesblaarbossie, koorshout, bofepha, ubuvuma, ubuvimbha, and ashwagandha

Where in the World

habitat and range for ashwagandha

Withania somnifera is cultivated in many of the drier regions of India, such as Mandsaur District of Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Sindh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. It is also found in Nepal.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing ashwagandha

Grow in a sunny location or in dappled sun, does not grow well in full shade.

Grow Ashwagandha in light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Prefers well-drained soils.

Sow seeds in early spring in a greenhouse or indoors. There is usually a high germination rate within 2 weeks. Transplant the seedlings into individual pots, once they are large enough to handle—plant them outside after the last frost. Consider giving the plants some protection (such as a cold frame or similar) until they are established and growing well.

Leaves, fruit and root are harvested in Spring and Fall.

The root and leaves may be powdered or dried, while the berries may be chewed or also dried.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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