Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) plants — also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry — are part of the nightshade family, which also includes tomatoes, datura and tobacco. In Ayurveda, it is typically used as an adaptogen, helping the body handle stress, and as a general health tonic. Like neem, it contains high levels of antioxidants and immune-boosting compounds.
The ashwagandha plant itself is a fast-growing perennial with attractive leaves and berries. Some reports indicate that large amounts of ashwagandha plant leaves are toxic but Indian visitors in our greenhouse often disagree. In either case, ashwagandha root is most often used as a medicinal herb. It is a tropical plant but does come back from the ground unless temperatures drop below about 30 degrees.
Fertilize with a high-phosphate formulation (high middle number) to boost both the roots and the berries you can use to grow new plants.
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Rita (verified owner) –
Am very satisfied with the shipping and packing. This is the first time I have ordered this plant and do not know how it will grow. However, I’ve always had a good experience with whatever plants I’ve purchased from Neem Tree farms – they grow well. I was also very happy to receive samples. Thanks Vicki
Kumar Swaminathan (verified owner) –
Arrived safely. Transplant success. Patient alive and healthy!
pannuh2 (verified owner) –
I bought 1 plant it is small one but looks healthy. Wait and see how it grows.
I received a small Ashwagandha plant from this nursery almost a year ago. The plant is still thriving. It has been constantly producing flowers and fruits since November. The foliage is healthy and strong, and the root system (the medicinal part) is huge. I can’t believe this plant made it through the winter without slowing down or losing much of anything. All the information I found online made it seem like it wouldn’t.