African Dream Root (Silene undulata)

Regular price $15.95

Live African Dream Root Plant (Silene undulata aka Silene capensis)
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Silene capensis is a very rare and sacred flowering perennial herb indigenous to the green river valleys of the eastern cape of South Africa. It is in the Carnation family of plants.  This unique ground-dwelling herb is drought tolerant, but generally requires good moisture. It is a cold-hardy plant and very easy to grow! 

Historically it is regarded by Xhosa diviners to have great spiritual and medicinal value, for it's ability to induce remarkably colorful and meaningful dreams. The Xhosa shamans call the use of this plant, 'the white ways path', so named because the plant's brilliant white flowers. These fragrant flowers are only open at night, befitting for the plant's use as a dream herb or oneirogen.  

The Xhosa shamans would traditionally grind the roots into a powder that they would make cold water tea out of. They would drink this tea on an empty stomach before going to sleep in an attempt to receive answers and spiritual guidance in the dreamscape.  It's best to wait two years before harvesting the root of the plant for spiritual or medicinal use.  When planting be sure to provide adequate room for root growth. Plants are fairly cold hardy and are suitable for containers. Trimming the tops will promote root growth.

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Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Perennial Evergreen Herb

Harvest Season: Fall to early-Winter

Mature Size: African Dream Herb grows in a small to medium sized, low-lying habit and will reach up to 2 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Grow in fertile, well-draining soil. African Dream Root likes a lot of water, but good drainage is essential for avoiding root rot

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness to Zone 7-10.  

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.

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