Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Regular price $14.95
39 in stock

Live Ashwaganda Herb Plant
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Withania somnifera, also known as Ashwaganda, Ashwagandha, Winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng, is a plant from the Nightshade family. It is cultivated heavily in India and is native to parts of the Middle East, the Indian Peninsula, and the Himalayan regions. 

Ashwagandha is a short perennial that features elliptical green leaves and small white bell shaped flowers. The flowers grow into lantern like cases, which contain bright red cherries bearing dozens of tiny seeds. The plant is drought tolerant, loves full sun, and is an essential herb in our medicinal garden and food forest. It grows up to 3 feet tall, and can be grown in deep pots. The root is ready to harvest 150 to 180 days after planting, just as the berries have formed and the leaves have begun to yellow.  We carefully harvest our Ashwaghanda roots in the fall by digging up the entire plant and separating the roots from the base of the plant.  We remove the red berries from their lantern casings then sun dry the roots and the berries separately.

This herb is widely known for it's medicinal properties in Ayurvedic medicine; the root being the most commonly used part. Taken as a tea or in tincture form, it is believed to reduce anxiety and depression, and to help achieve mental clarity.  Recent scientific studies have shown that Ashwaganda's potential medicinal effects are due to the presence of alkaloids and steroidal lactones within the plant. These chemicals may promote anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-stress, and antioxidant effects. Ashwangandha may also have an overall immune system boosting effect according to several studies. This is a great medicinal plant for any herbalists garden! 

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! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

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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: Annual Herb

Harvest: Fall, Winter (multiple harvests per year depending on planting)

Size: About 3 ft

Soil & Moisture: Performs best in high and dry sandy soil with consistent watering.  

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 4+

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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