Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera)
Vedic/Indian Ashwaganda. Medicinal root in the nightshade family. Grows similarly to tomatoes. Forms small red berries in papery husks like tiny (inedible) tomatillos. Root is harvested in the fall.
Treat like tomatoes: sow seeds in flats 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Harden seedlings off, then transplant 2’ apart after the last frost. Best in a hoophouse in the Pacific Northwest. No pruning or caging necessary.
Prefers full sun and heat, average soil and good drainage. Harvest the roots for medicine in the fall after the top dies back. Seeds are harvested by collecting the small berries after they turn red.