Lepidium Meyenii, Maca - Plant
Description for Lepidium Meyenii, Maca
Cape gooseberry is a perennial, somewhat vining plant usually reaching 2-3 ft. in height. Under good conditions it can reach 6 ft, but will need support. The purplish, spreading branches are ribbed and covered with fine hairs.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Lepidium Meyenii, Maca,Cape Gooseberry, Goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Peruvian Ground Cherry||purplish-green||January-February.||10 m||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
An accurate soil test will tell you where your pH currently stands. Acidic (sour) soil is counteracted by applying finely ground limestone, and alkaline (sweet) soil is treated with ground sulfur.If you order roses from a mail-order company, order early, in January or February (March at the latest). They are usually shipped in the spring as bare roots when plants are fully dormant, well before they have leafed out
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||28 to 55 Â°F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Lepidium Meyenii
- Start with pruning shears for smaller growth.
- Use loppers, which look like giant, long-handle shears, for growth that is more than half an inch thick.
- A small pruning saw is handy, as it cuts on both the push and the pull.
Typical uses of Lepidium Meyenii
Special features: It has a strange property, since, as they grow with this root,
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Lepidium meyenii (maca) is an herbaceous biennial plant of the crucifer family native to the high Andes of Peru. It was found at the Meseta of BomBom close to Junin Lake in the Andes. It is grown for its fleshy hypocotyl (a fused hypocotyl and taproot), which is used as a root vegetable and a medicinal herb.