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Withania somnifera

Authority(L.) Dunal
SynonymsWithania ashwagandha
Common namesajagandha, amangura, amukkirag, asgand, ashvagandha, asundha, asvagandha, aswagandha, bitterappelliefie, geneesbossie, Indian ginseng, kanaje, poisonous gooseberry, samm al ferakh, ubuvimba, umaqhunsula, vernietsiektebossie, winter cherry
Ecocrop code10920

DESCRIPTION: It is an erect, greyish, slightly hairy shrub with a smell akin to that of a sweaty horse. USE: The roots, leaves, and the seeds all have medicinal properties. GROWING PERIOD: Perennial. Flowering and fruiting: September to November, and then March to May. COMMON NAMES: Indian ginseng, poisonous gooseberry, winter cherry. FURTHER INF: Open places, disturbed areas etc. An undershrub in stony places. Found in drier parts of India. Native of Australia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, East Asia and Africa.