Also known as Peruvian Ginseng or Pepperweed, Lepidium Meyenii is an herb native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. The leaves of this plant form rosettes atop a taproot that resembles a turnip albeit smaller reaching two to three inches in diameter.
This species has been used for centuries dating back to Incan warriors who took the herb before the battle. Also known as Maca, this highly nutritious plant is said to improve strength and endurance.
It is also distributed around the world as an aphrodisiac. In addition to these benefits, maca is widely used as an edible in its native region for both humans and livestock.
Season: Biennial USDA Zones: 6 - 8 Height: 10 - 20 inches Bloom Season: Late spring to mid-summer Bloom Color: Yellow Environment: Full sun Soil Type: Fertile, acidic soils Latin Name: Lepidium Meyenii
Temperature: 68F Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days Light Required: Yes Depth: Spread seed on surface and press into soil Moisture: Keep seeds moist