Hydrastis is primarily a woodland garden perennial that has large, fatsia-like leaves and cute little flowers. It prefers to grow in rich soils and hilly woods that provide dappled sunlight.
More Information About Hydrastis
The genus Hydrastis is a buttercup relative and American native plant that is most widely known for its use as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments including cancer, diarrhea, and bacterial infections. Use of this herb started with the Cherokee Indians who passed their knowledge of hydrastis to American colonists over 200 years ago. The popularity of goldenseal as a cure-all has led to its over-harvesting in the wild, putting hydrastis at risk in its native habitat of the eastern US and Canada.
Tips for Growing Hydrastis (Goldenseal)
Hydrastis is primarily a woodland garden perennial that has large, fatsia-like leaves and cute little flowers. It prefers to grow in rich soils and hilly woods that provide dappled sunlight. When warm weather arrives, the thick perennial hydrastis rhizomes rapidly produce 1' tall stems at their tips. Each stem holds a single large leaf and a single, white, short-lived flower. During summer, goldenseal plants produce an inedible, red, raspberry-like fruit.
Ethically Propagated Goldenseal Root
Due to over-harvesting, you should only buy hydrastis from nurseries, such as Plant Delights, that ethically propagate from cultivated stock. Since goldenseal root sells for as much as $100 per pound, you can easily make your money back by cultivating the plant as a crop and still enjoy its ornamental charms.