Aka Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry. This easy-to-grow member of the nightshade family, native to India, is treasured by Ayurvedic herbalists for its root, which has restorative and rejuvenating properties. Considered an adaptogen - a natural substance which helps the body adapt to stress and exerts a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. Attributed properties include: immune stimulant, replenishing strength and energy reserves, increasing mental awareness and mood balancer. Grows to about 3 ft and produces pretty red berries in lantern-like pods in late fall.
Sow indoors about 6 weeks before last frost. Seeds are light sensitive, so just tamp into soil and don’t cover. Keep moist. Transplant into sunny garden spot. LIkes well-draining, slightly alkaline soil and dry-ish growing conditions.