Spilanthes oleracea


Known as ‘electric daisy’ and ‘buzz buttons’ for good reason – (carefully) chew on a flower to find out why!

Spilanthes lives up to its various electrifying names due to its tingle-creating isobutalymide alkamide content. These are also found in Echinacea species and lead to their similar use for inflammation and immunity.

Spilanthes is believed to have originated in Brazil (nobody is 100% sure), but nowadays can be found growing in many parts the world. Considered a perennial in warm climates, it struggles to survive the UK winter so should be treated as an annual. We have had some success growing it outdoors, but it does best in a greenhouse or polytunnel. It requires a rich, moist soil and plenty of sunshine to charge its electric daisies.

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