Spilanthes - Live Plant

Spilanthes - Live Plant

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Are you prepared to give your indoor or outdoor space a dash of exoticism? 

Look no further than the Spilanthes live plant!

With its bright yellow, button-shaped flowers and distinct spicy flavor, this plant is sure to turn heads and impress your guests. But the Spilanthes plant is not just a pretty face - it also boasts numerous health benefits and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for toothaches, sore throats, and digestive issues. It is available in a 3.5” pot, ready to settle in its new home.

What do I need to grow to set myself up for success growing Spilanthes?

When it comes to growing Spilanthes, water, light, and soil are paramount. Spilanthes tends to be best with full sun exposure.

If you are growinging in a container, you can easily control the soil. However if you are growing in the ground, Spilanthes grows best in well-drained, loamy soil.

Ensure you're aware of Spilanthes's potential size. Allocating 6-12 inches between plants is advisable, as they can grow to be 6-12 inches in diameter and reach heights of up to 12-18 inches.

The flowering period of Spilanthes varies; while it typically blooms summer to fall, it may not flower until its second year, depending on the planting time.

How can Spilanthes be employed?

Throughout history, Spilanthes has been valued for its immune support, oral health, with tincture, infusion commonly derived from its flowers.

About Spilanthes

Spilanthes is a herbaceous plant with distinct botanical features. The plant is also commonly known as the toothache plant, as it produces a tingling, numbing sensation in the mouth when consumed.

Spilanthes has a long history of use as a folk medicine for a range of medical conditions. Because of its analgesic and anesthetic qualities, it is frequently used to treat toothaches, gum disease, and sore throats. It can be used to treat infections because it also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. The herb is also known to strengthen the immune system and has been used to treat digestive problems like constipation and diarrhea.


How to Use Spilanthes

  • Tincture: Fresh or dried spilanthes leaves are chopped and macerated in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: In hot water, dried spilanthes leaves are soaked for around 10 minutes to make tea.
  • Salve: Spilanthes oil can be combined with beeswax to form an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antifungal salve. 
  • Vinegar infusion: Dried spilanthes leaves/flowers/stems can be soaked in apple cider vinegar for 3 to 6 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the period, to form a spilanthes vinegar infusion. 

Spilanthes - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Spilanthes an annual or perennial plant?

Spilanthes can be grown as a perennial in regions with warm winters and no frost, where they will endure and carry on growing for a number of years. Spilanthes are often grown as an annual plant in colder climates where temperatures fall below freezing.


How much space should be needed to grow Spilanthes?

Spilanthes is a small plant and it is advised to use a pot with a minimum diameter of 8 inches (20 cm) to allow adequate room for the plant's roots to spread out. Plants should be spaced around 12 inches (30 cm) apart when being planted straight in the ground.


What zone does Spilanthes grow in?

Spilanthes can be grown in USDA Hardiness zones 9 through 11. It can be cultivated as a summer annual in regions with colder temperatures; the plants can be started indoors in the spring and then moved outside after the latest frost date of frost. In warmer climates, It can be planted as a perennial plant where it will continue to grow and produce flowers for a number of years.


When should I harvest Spilanthes?

It is preferable to hold off on collecting Spilanthes flowers and leaves until the plant has started to bloom. It is typically time to harvest it when the petals are bright yellow and the blossom is fully opened. Although the leaves can be picked at any time, they are often at their peak right before the plant starts to bloom.


Does Spilanthes flower or fruit?

Spilanthes produces small flowers but they never transform into fruits. It does produce seeds which can be saved for replanting it during the growing season. 



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