Scientific Name: Acmella oleracea
Though its native region is truly unknown, the toothache plant probably originated from related acmella species in Brazil. It has several useful medicinal purposes such as numbing of oral pain, increase in salivation, and an increase in testosterone. Due to it’s highly polar nature, the bioactive constituents of this plant may only be available if eaten with food. The fresh leaves and flower buds may be chewed, steamed and eaten as salad greens. This handy plant grows well as an annual in temperate zones and makes a striking addition to your herbal garden.
used for Athletes Foot/Ringworm Dental/Oral Care
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Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
Hardiness: Zone 9b, 10a, 10b, 11
Flower Color: Red, Bright Yellow
Characteristics: A small, erect plant, it grows quickly and bears gold and red inflorescences.
Uses: Ornament and medicinal herb.
Start Spilanthes indoors in early spring. Surface sow seeds in trays as light is needed for germination. Water at base and seal in bag until germination in 7-14 days. Transfer to pots when big enough then transplant to permanent position in rich soil in late spring early summer. Space 12 inches apart. Can take full sun but moderate is preferred. Water regularly until mature.