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Spilanthes, Lemon Drop

Acmella oleracea

Grown by: Truelove Seeds at Mill Hollow Farm in Newtown Square, PA

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Also known as Toothache Plant, these cheerful yellow flowers and broad green leaves numb your tongue and gums easing pain and discomfort. Often included in herbal mouthwash blends, these mouth-watering flowers are also lots of fun for kids seeking an intense flavor experience in the garden.

This species is likely from Pará, a northeastern state in Brazil, where it is known as Jambú. In Brazil, Myanmar, and India the leaves are eaten fresh in salads and cooked as greens.

Known as: Toothache Plant, Jambú, Jambu, Paracress, Sichuan Buttons, Buzz Buttons, Tingflowers, Sansho Buttons, and Electric Daisy.

Days to maturity: 90-100

Seeds per pack: 100

Planting / harvesting notes

Sow seeds 1/4" deep indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost and transplant into garden well after the danger of frost. Keep seedlings moist but do not overwater. Transplants should be spaced 6-12" in full sun, watered in well. Alternatively, direct sow after the last frost, 1/4" deep. This species readily reseeds itself.

Seed keeping notes

Allow seedheads to dry on the plant. Harvest the seedheads and dry them further in the sun on a sheet or table away from moisture and precipitation. When fully dry, crumble the seeds in your hands or through a sieve. Sift through strainers to remove the largest chaff, and then winnow off the lighter chaff with your breath, a fan, or the wind.


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