Electric Daisy Toothache Plant (Spilanthes acmella)

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Electric Daisy Toothache Plant is a fascinating medicinal and culinary herb native to South America, particularly Brazil. It's from the Daisy family of plants, Asteraceae, and can be grown as a perennial in warmer climates and an annual in northern zones. The magical effect that the bright flowering heads, commonly referred to as 'Buzz Buttons', has on your senses will shock you both literally and figuratively.

Toothache Plant is a short leafy exotic herb, with beautiful and attractive gold and red flowering buds that are known for their vibrant numbing and tingling effect when eaten. For herbalists looking for a unique medicinal to add to their apothecary, or for home gardeners looking for a beautiful exotic ornamental, the Electric Daisy Toothache Plant is a must have!

Plant Type
Perennial or Annual Herb

Harvest Season
Year-round

Spilanthes produces vibrant flowers (also known as buzz buttons) year-round with the largest crop summer through fall. 

Mature Size
12-18 in. tall and wide 

Soil & Moisture
Rich, well-drained soil with light acidity suit these warm-weather plants best

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Fast

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

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Medium: 4" Coconut Coir Pot
Large: 6" Peat Pot
X-Large: 8-10" Pot 
Citrus: 4x14" Pot

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Benefits of Growing Toothache Plant

Spilanthes has several culinary and medicinal uses. The leaves can be eaten raw in salad, or cooked as a veggie. The flowers (also known as buzz buttons) create a tingling, numbness, and salivation effect when eaten.

This wonderfully weird effect is due of the plant's primary constituent Spilanthol. Research has shown Spilanthol to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties. It's the primary ingredient in Jambu Oil, a citrusy flavored culinary and medicinal oil with the same tingling effect.