Australia, E. Asia, Africa
Open places, disturbed areas etc. An undershrubin stony places.
: Ajagandha[E], Ashwagandha[H], Clustered Wintercherry[H],KanajeHindi [E], Orovale[E], SammAl Ferakh[E], Strychnos[E], Withania[P].Indian GensingEpithets: somnifer= sleep inducing; somnifera= sleep inducingOther Range Info: Afghanistan; Africa; Asia; Ethiopia; Greece; India; India(Ayurvedic);India(Punjab); India(Rajasthan); Iraq; Lesotho; Pakistan; South Africa(Kaffir); Spain;Sudan; Yemen.
An evergreen shrub growing to 1m by 0.5m . It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. It isin leaf all year. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). Werate it 3 out of 5 for usefulness. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) andheavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic(alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.