Herbs Goldenseal

Organic Root

Product ID: 899

Medicinal Native American root.

Large palmate leaves and big bright red berries in summer. Grows best in part to full shade in well composted, humus-rich soil. Wild population in danger of extinction. NOTE: We are unable to ship this item outside the U.S. USDA Certified Organic.

3 Units

Backordered Until Sep 15, 2022

12 Units

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100 Units

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Two-year old root divisions are shipped in September for fall planting.
2-year old root divisions are shipped in September for fall planting. Prepare the planting area in the summer, before transplanting. See tech sheet (link below) for instructions.

Transplant (recommended): Any piece with a bud or eye and a few strands of fibrous roots should produce a plant. Plant spacing depends on how long you intend to leave plants in the ground before harvesting. If you intend to harvest after three years of growth, space the plants 6" apart in rows that are 8" apart; after four years, plant 8" apart in rows that are 8" apart; or more than four years, plant 8" apart in rows that are 10" apart. Cover the rootstock with 2" of soil. Keep well-weeded, but take care in weeding around young plants to avoid disturbing the roots. Once goldenseal is well established, apply mulch to prevent weed growth.

Part Shade/Shade. Goldenseal grows best in its natural habitat under a hardwood canopy with at least 75% shade, comprised preferably of oak, maple, sycamore, or basswood trees.

Goldenseal prefers a light loam soil that has high humus content and a pH of 5.5-6.5. Good drainage is critical to ensure healthy goldenseal plants.



Zones 5-8.

Plants grown from root divisions may be harvested after three to five years of growth. Harvest roots in the fall (September or October) after the tops have died back. For full cultural information, see tech sheet on Goldenseal Production from Roots.

Hydrastis canadensis

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Hydrastis canadensis

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

3-5 years to root harvest

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

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