Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Family: Witch Hazel (Hamamelidaceae)
Hardy to -20 degrees F.
Woody perennial bush to small tree native to the US. A sturdy and handsome addition to the medicinal landscape, with a multi-stemmed habit. The bright green leaves and young twigs, picked at the height of their glory and dried, produce the quintessential astringent. Water extracts or tinctures with low alcohol content and 10% glycerine thrown in to stabilize the tannins (see "Making Plant Medicine") prove to be very useful for treating hemorrhoids, herpes lesions, or any inflammatory conditions of the skin. Excellent post-operative swipe. Can be taken internally as well as used externally--nontoxic. The witch hazel bush itself is full of surprises, flowering in midwinter and waiting to eject its seed until autumn. It does fine as a permaculture bush/tree in city lots or on the farm. All this said, the germplasm is viable and robust, and given the right conditions the seeds do germinate reliably.For farmers and nursery folks, a little tip--the plants develop quickly into sale size and to be bestsellers.
Organically grown, 20 seeds/pkt.
- Attracts Bees/Butterflies
- Cold Hardy, Down to 25 °F
- Does Not Require Support
- Requires Summer Water
|Seed Unit Sizes
|Approximate Harvest Time
||Late Spring, Late Fall, Early Winter
|Ideal Soil Temperature
||Full Sun/Part Sun
|Useful Plant Part
||Start Indoors & Transplant
||4.5 - 6.5
Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Plant prefers full sun to part shade and well-drained, slightly acid soils. It likes to be able to get its roots down into the aquifer, so it can often be found growing in dried up riparian zones or in moist but well-drained woodlands.
Planting & Growing: Seed is quite hard and germinates best after some cold conditioning. Fall planted seed may germinate in a few months in a cold greenhouse, or if planted in the shadehouse or outdoor nursery bed will germinate in the spring. To sow in spring, plant early enough so that the seed experiences at least 30 days of cold moist soils, or give 30 days cold moist stratification in the refrigerator before planting. Germination usually occurs between 30 and 90 days after planting.
Sow seed about 1 inch deep in gallon pots in spring, summer of fall and leave in shade house or outdoors.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest leaves and stems just after flowering or bark after dormancy.
Shipping Weight: 0.01 lbs.
Dimensions: 5"L x 2.625"W x 0.1"H