Heritage Status: Overseas
Number of Seeds: 30
Description:Perennial, can be grown as an annual. The roots are a very important ayuvedic medicinal plant with many important uses. The fruit and seeds are also a curdling agent for making cheese, and are high in saponins which could be used like soap. Is part of the nighshade family with a some level of toxicity.
Planting Instructions: Plant seed into trays in late Spring and prick out at 2.5cm diagonal spacings and into garden at 50cm diagonal spacings. A fairly easily grown plant, it requires a warm sheltered position in full sun and a well-drained moderately fertile soil. Prefers a dry stony soil. This species is not hardy in temperate climates but it can be grown as an annual, flowering and fruiting in its first year from seed. Frost tender.