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Toothache Plant

Spilanthes acmella.

This annual produces bronze green foliage and olive shaped flowers with a burgundy eye. Unique flowers make supberb bedding or container plants. The leaves and flowers numb the mouth and are said to work better than many commercial products. Also has antibiotic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.  50 seeds

 

Planting

Annual

Germination:  7-14 days

Seed Planting Depth: on surface, lightly cover

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-75 degree soil temperature.Transplant 10-12" apart. 

Light Needs:  Full sun to light shade

Soil Needs:  Fertile, well drained

Uses:Culinary, medicinal, ornamental

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03/29/2019
Lynn H.
United States
I recommend this product

Toothache Plant

I have started seeds indoors, 3 weeks ago. seedlings are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch high and look healthy and happy. I am so curious about the flowers, very "eye" catching. I only planted 6 of the seeds and all 6 germinated. I will start some more when the outside alpinehouse is warmer at night. Thanks!

PF
05/26/2018
Patricia F.
United States

Have no idea what this plant is or buying it from anyone..............

Can't say since I don't have it.

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04/13/2016
icebear

Not just for the Herbalist- Spooky Haloween plant

I've never used it for its medicinal attributes because whenever we happened to need it to try some, it wasn't in season or i'd failed to save any plant material. Anyway. I had bought the seed because of its useful purpose but never planted it. Let's just say that the seed holds well.... So when i finally planted some and the plants flowered in late August (i live in the cooler parts of northern USA) i immediately saw other fun possibilities. Each flower looks like a creepy red and yellow eyeball mounted upon an alien, irregular stalk. So, i potted a few up in some of those carveable imitation pumpkins you can find in craft shops (Funkins is the brand name). I enjoyed the effect and after a few years of forgetting to do it again, i have bought some fresh seed for 2016. I already got a great germination rate and maybe this year i'll think to snap some pictures. "Grow Your own Eyeballs"

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12/21/2015
Erin

It really works!

I found this was very easy to grow; in fact, I am glad I grew it in a container garden because it spread so rapidly. I picked the flowers and dried them in the lowest temperature in my dehydrator. I chopped it up when dry and added a small pinch to herbal tea to soothe sore throats. I also used the flowers fresh to help with canker sore pain. A little goes a long way. It also helped to attract bees to my backyard garden.