Roseroot, Rhodiola Rosea. Hardy Perennial
Arctic root, golden root, Stonecrop
A fascinating new medicinal herb first studied by the Russians decades ago.
Roseroot is only the second North American herb after ginseng to be recognized as an ‘adaptogen’, a herb with the ability to restore the body and mind after physical and mental exertion and stress.
Its rose-scented roots contain unique compounds that are thought to account for the adaptogenic properties. Research also shows the roots improve learning and memory, and act as a tonic.
In folkloric medicine, the leaves were used like aloe to treat cuts and burns, and the Eskimos used a decoction of the flowers for stomach and intestinal discomfort, and for tuberculosis.
The color of the flowers is greenish yellow with reddish and purplish tones competing for attention.
Roseroot is one of the hardiest medicinal plants known: it survives Arctic areas without difficulty.
Perennial growing 2-16in high.
Hardy in zones 1-7
Plant roseroot in any moderately fertile soil that does not become soggy or flooded after rains. Sites that provide at least eight hours of direct sun are ideal.
Plants growing with too little light are often plagued by aphids on their young emerging stems and leaves.
Grow multiple plants in the garden if you wish to collect seeds. Roseroot plants are either male or female in gender based on the flowers produced. Bees and other insects pollinate the flowers and only female plants yield seeds to sow.
Cut off dried, winter-killed stems of roseroot before the start of the spring growing season. With a scissors or pruners, nip the dead stems about 1 inch from the ground to allow light to better penetrate and coax lush regrowth.
Packet app. 25 seeds. $3.00