Easy to grow, immune-enhancing tonic, dentifrice, anesthetic.
Chewing on a leaf or bud causes a tingling in the mouth, used in small amounts to give interest to salads and cold drinks, and in larger quantities to kill pain.
Used against infection-bacterial, or fungal (candida).
Used for centuries for toothache relief. Low-spreading plants bear yellow button flowers with bright red centers.
Nice for edging herb and vegetable beds or in a pot. Fast-growing.
BOTANICAL NAME: Spilanthes acmella
A tropical perennial grown as an annual in most of the US. Prefers a sunny spot with good rich soil and plenty of water. Start seeds in flats in warm conditions and transplant 8-12 weeks later. A spreading plant that can get 2 feet tall and spread to 3 feet if conditions are right (tropical) but will stay smaller in most temperate climates. Hand-cleaned seed has some chaff remaining-seeds are gray and oval.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Tender Perennial/Height 12-18"/Spacing 6"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :
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