Withania Somnifera

An important Ayurvedic herb native to India, known also as winter cherry or Indian ginseng, ashwagandha is used for its rejuvenating properties and wide ranging health benefits. 9x9cm pot (8cm depth)

9x9cm pot (8cm depth)

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  • Rejuvenating herb
  • Helps the body deal with stress
  • Orange berries
  • Needs winter protection

A member of the solanaceae family that includes potatoes and tomatoes, Ashwagandha produces small inconspicuous yellow flowers that develop into a lantern type pod with the little orange berries hat contain the seeds, although it is the root that is primarily used. A lovely herb to have, it is better grown in a pot so it can be moved somewhere suitable in winter.

Plant Care

  • Height: 100-150cm
  • Type: Tender
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Well drained/alkaline
  • Flower colour: Yellow
  • Flowering period: May -September

Ashwagandha is a tender herb in the UK and because it will need to be moved for winter protection it is better grown in a container. It can grow into a sizeable shrub eventually and should be potted on gradually in containers that are four to five centimetres larger each time. In the summer, when all danger of frosts has passed, generally the beginning of May, it can be grown outside in a sunny site. In the autumn before it gets too cold and wet it should be brought into a heated conservatory or inside next to a large window or patio door.


Ashwagandha root is a widely known medicine from the Indian Auryvedic tradition. The root can be decocted in water to make a warming herbal tea.
Traditionally, the herb is used as a warming tonic giving nourishment and strength to the body and helping the body adapt to stress; it helps lower stress hormones by calming and relaxing the body and aiding sleep.



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