Spilanthes oleracea ‘Lemon Drop’, is a flowering herb in the plant family Asteraceae, also known as toothache plant.
Spilanthes oleracea ‘Lemon Drop’ is a tender perennial that is commonly used to treat toothaches along with other mouth, throat, and gum conditions. Warm regions allow the Plant to grow as a perennial. More temperate and cooler climates will mean raising the plant as an annual.
Blooms all summer and in South Africa it blooms well into winter. Bright, solid-yellow flower heads the shape of gum drops. Likes damp soil and a great plant for container growing. Grows 5 to 9 inches tall and loves sunshine. The leaves and flowers can be chewed to have a mildly anesthetizing effect, but with a citrus flavor.
This medicinal herb also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it enhances the immune system. The leaves are often eaten raw and taste good in salads.
Extracts from the Toothache Plant have proven effective against mosquitoes. Planting on borders for flying pest control has been a traditional use of the flower.
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