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Withania (Orobal or Wintercherry)

Wintercherry or locally called Orobal are native of the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean and the Arabian region. They are wintergreen and usually summer dormant woody shrub with large oval, sometimes undulated leaves and axillary yellowish-cream flowers, which are followed by fruits made up of a slightly inflated, green calyx and a bright orange "eye", i.e. the orange berry inside. For any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. Keep cooler, yet frostfree in winter at a minimum of some 15°C, water carefully as long as plants are in leaf. During summer irrigate sporadically so that the soil never dries out completely.
Sow flat on any rich, well drained soil. Especially in winter keep seedlings very sunny.
Note: As for most members within the Nightshade family (Solanaceae) all parts are poisonous if ingested
10 seeds per package.
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Withania aristata (Canary Orobal)

Withania aristata (Canary Orobal)

150 (200)cm, Orobal is a tall woody shrub from the succulent zone on the Canary Islands. It is wintergreen and summer dormant. Has ornamental, small orange berries, which are surrounded two third by a green calyx, towards the end of the dry season (i.e. in summer). VII-X.

Withania riebeckii (Socotra Orobal) Exclusive

Withania riebeckii (Socotra Orobal) Exclusive

20 (50)cm, Socotra Orobal is a very rare and threatened dwarf member from the island of Socotra (Yemen). It makes narrow, woody branches and silvery-gray, elongated ovate to elliptical, densely hairy leaves, axillary to terminal, small creamy yellow flowers, and small orange berries surrounded by an open calyx. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter keep plants cooler at a minimum of some 15°C, reduce watering to a minimum. X-II.

Withania somnifera (Wintercherry)

Withania somnifera (Wintercherry)

100 (170)cm, Ashwagandha or Wintercherry is a perennial, evergreen woody shrub from Arabia through India, widely used in traditional Ayurveda medicine as antibiotic and narcotic. The small inconspicuous yellowish green flowers are followed by ornamental glossy, bright orange berries (poisonous) partially embedded in a green calyx. For any rich, well drained, slightly sandy to stony soil in full sun throughout the year. In winter keep cooler at a minimum of some 10°C with reduced watering. VII-X.