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Toothache plant (Acmella oleracea)

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Toothache plant (Acmella oleracea)
Grown form seed in Cornwall, UK.
This plant, when chewed, numbs the mouth. Hence its name.
It also acts as a local topical an anaesthetic when the plant juice is applied to the skin.
Amazing plant, easy to keep and care for.
3-4" tall and shipped in a protective plant-pak.

Toothache plant (Acmella oleracea) 5 Flower heads

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Toothache plant (Acmella oleracea) is a species of flowering herb in the family Asteraceae. In Brazil it is called jambu. Its native distribution is unclear, but it is likely derived from a Brazilian Acmella species. It is grown as an ornamental and it is used as a medicinal remedy in various parts of the world. A small, erect plant, it grows quickly and bears gold and red inflorescences. It is frost-sensitive but perennial in warmer climates. For culinary purposes, small amounts of shredded fresh toothache plant leaves are said to add a unique flavour to salads. Cooked leaves lose their strong flavour and may be used as leafy greens. Both fresh and cooked leaves are used in dishes such as stews in Brazil. They are combined with chilis and garlic to add flavor and vitamins to other foods. Toothache plant prefers well-drained, black (high organic content) soil.

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