Wild Yam Seeds

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Wild Yam Seeds

Twining vine with attractive foliage. Used medicinally. Once established, the vines are very hardy.

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(Dioscorea villosa)

Twining vine native to moist woods and thickets. Medicinal: Contains diosgenin, used to manufacture progesterone and other steroids. The dried underground parts are used as an anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, hepatic, and diaphoretic. Has been used for bilious colic. Warning: The fresh plant material is emetic.

Seeds are normally sown in the fall for best results. Cultural notes included with shipment.


Flowers:Separate male and female flowers, inconspicuous
Foliage:Twining vine with alternate leaves in whorls of 3 to 8
Fruit:Flat, brown winged seed pod
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:6 to 10 feet
Diameter:12 to 24
Container Planting:no

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:3 to 9
Soil:Rich, moist, well-drained soil, high in organic matter
Propagation / Germination:When grown from seed, sow seeds in fall or early spring in moist, shady soil, rich in humus. Young seedlings are very delicate. Keep well weeded. Hold greenhouse sown plants for a year before setting out.
Spacing:18 inches
Sun:1/2 to 3/4 shade - tolerates a wide range
Water:Moist soil, preferred but tolerates drought

Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.

Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.

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