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Light: Plant in full sun, after any threat of frost.
Temperature: Grown as an annual in Zones 4-8.
Water: Water thoroughly only when dry to the touch.
Soil: High quality, well-drained soil.
Comments: Exotic Ashwagandha grows into a woody shrub up to 4 feet high
This ginseng-like plant of the Ayurvedics has been used mainly in cases of physical and mental exhaustion and makes a very good stimulant. Ashwagandha has been used in cases of sexual exhaustion, infertility, low sperm count, and impotence. Harvest the roots after the plant's foliage has died back following the first frost.
Preferring hot, full sun, this herb will grow well after ALL chances of frost are gone. Given proper temperatures, soil depth and adequate (but not excessive) watering, the Ashwagandha root should be ready to harvest in the first year.
A strong and vigorous plant, Ashwagandha is considered the "hottest herb in India" and is known as 'Indian Ginseng' and 'Winter Cherry'. The leaves and roots are used as both an aphrodisiac and a sedative!