Hydrastis canadensis - Plant
Common name: golden seal
Bloom time: April to May
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Goldenseal can be propagated from rhizome pieces, root cuttings, or seed. To propagate from seed, the fruit must be harvested as soon as it is mature, then processed by carefully mashing the fruit to separate out the seeds. This process can take several days, as the seeds and pulp need to ferment in water until they can easily be separated.
Sunlight: Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 95° to 100°F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Store in a cool, dry, dark area free from insects and rodents.
- Yields per acre can vary drastically depending on production method and location, but generally range from 800 to 3,000 pounds of dried root per acre.
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade. Prefers well-composted soils with lots of leaf mold.
- Modern medicinal uses for goldenseal include the treatment of nasal congestion, digestive disorders, inflammation, and AIDS.
- Goldenseal is often referred to as a synergistic herb, meaning when taken with other herbs, it increases their efficacy.
- Goldenseal and echinacea make up a common combination formula.
No serious insect or disease problems.
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