Goldenseal is a beautiful wildflower and can be used as a ground cover. It grows well in fully shaded places or a little shade. It will grow up to 18 inches high and about six inches wide. It is also known as Hydrastis Canadensis, who is its scientific name. Stems are very slender and long and stand upright and also has a little hair on it. Blooms are on the small side and are white with some green. It is considered a medicinal plant and the roots can be picked from summer to fall, this is the primary time to harvest the golden seal.
Also has flowers in colors of purple, pink, white, orange, yellow, and red. Again when it comes to harvesting this plant, it can be done within three years of its growth. Has a red raspberry kind of looking fruit that grows on the top with two seeds. Use as a stomach ailment remedy and also yellow dye because it has a thick yellow golden rootstock, hence the name Golden Seal. Golden Seal has also been proven to fight e.coli and enhances the healing properties of other different herbs. It is endangered from much over picking an underplanting.
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The rhizome roots go in the ground about an inch. Have the bud facing upward just below the ground and spread out the hair roots. Place mulch of hardwood leaves 2 to 3 inches over the roots. The roots must refrigerated if not planted soon and planted in a half sun half shaded area where the soil is well drained.
Goldenseal plants are shipped bare root!
This plant is the root (bulb) at time of shipment. Will bloom the following Summer after planting.
Climate Zone: 3 to 9
Mature Height: 12 to 18 inches
Mature Width: 4 to 6 inches
Sunlight: full to partial shade
Soil Condition: moist to well drained
Botanical Name: Hydrastis Canadensis