Commonly used in Ayurvedicand Unani medicines, this perennial herb is known for its wide range of health benefits.
Scientific Name:Withania somnifera
Common Names:Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, winter cherry, ashwagandha
Flower:small, green, and bell-shaped
Fruit:small, red berries
Maximum Reachable Height: 5feet
Difficulty to Grow:easy
Care:may be attacked by spider mite; susceptible to root rot if ower-watered
Soil: well-drained alkaline soil
Water:water only when the soil looks dry; this perennial is drought resistant
Fertiliser: feed with only organic manure or compost once every few months
Culinary Use:while many people use this herb in cooking, it is mainly used for its health benefits and not taste
Medicinal Use:ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb used to treat many ailments such as stress, anxiety, depression, cancer, infertility, high blood sugar, pain, inflammation, etc.