Spilanthes, Acmella oleracea, Toothache Plant, Eye Ball Plant
DESCRIPTION AND CULTURE: Spreading annual plant that grows about 6-8” tall and spreads about 12” across. It makes a great border, sporting it’s yellow round flowers, sometimes turning orange on the bottom. I like to think of it as a teenage party plant because if you eat a pinch of florets, it makes your mouth buzz intensely and you want to drool, making laughter and a memory! Spilanthes appreciates moisture and full sun.
PART USED: above ground portion
FUNCTION: Called “Toothache plant because of it’s numbing sensation when sibling on florets. High in natural plant chemicals called alkamides which play a vital role in our immune systems.