Maca (Lepidium meyenii)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: About 8 inches (20 cm), usually shorter
Plant Spread: About 8 inches (20 cm)
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Other: In favorable climates, maca can be spring or fall planted and may grow as an annual or biennial depending on conditions, so fruiting time varies
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Salad greens
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Other Beneficial Insects: Ants
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Days to germinate: 4 to 60
Depth to plant seed: Pressed into surface or barely covered
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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