Withania somnifera

Withania somnifera
Withania somnifera

Common names: winter cherry (English). 
Botanical name: Withania somnifera

Withania somnifera, also known as winter cherry or ashwagandha, is a small shrub with silver-grey hairs and red berries enclosed by papery calyces. It is native to the Old World and widely cultivated for its medicinal roots. It has various uses in traditional medicine, especially as a tonic, sedative and for wound healing and inflammation. It can be grown from seed and prefers dry to moderately moist soils, full sun to light shade.

Uses & Benefits: medicine

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Family: Solanaceae
Type: shrub
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