Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera Solanaceae

Other names

Winter-Cherry

Growth habit

Shrub

Perennation

Cultivated as annual

Native distribution

Africa, Middle East to Spain

Location

Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Richters

Description

Highly regarded Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine herb sometimes called “Indian ginseng.” It is the primary strengthening tonic in Ayurveda; used for everything from general weakness, rheumatism, insomnia, infertility, impotence and “weakness of the mind.

USDA Hardiness Zone

10

Special characteristics

tender perennial