Sun Opener, Sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia)

Sun Opener, Sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia)

Regular price $17.95
39 in stock

Live Sinicuichi Herb Plant
Ships in 100% Biodegradable 4" Coconut Fiber Planter

Sun Opener, also known as Sinicuichi or the Shrubby cc Yellow-Crest plant is a perennial herb with a rich ethnobotanical history.  It is a member of the pomegranate family of plants, and is native to the American continents ranging from the southwestern United States to Central America.

Sun Opener is lean shrub that prefers to grow along wetlands in it's native habitat. This includes stream sides, river sides, and in moist brush lands. It has pointy, deep green leaves, and generally flowers March to June, becoming emblazoned with singular bright orange-yellow flowers. When propagating it's best to sow seeds in a moist well-shaded area, and to gradually introduce the plant to full sun as it grows.

For those of Aztec/Mayan/similar descent, who are looking to connect with their ancestors culture, this is a great plant tz xx o grow and care for. The plant spirit is very loving and tender. It's also a fun plant for anyone who likes to grow medicinal plants with unique effects. Learn more about Sun Opener's unique spiritual heritage below.

Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Perennial Herb (lean deciduous shrubby habit)

Harvest Season: Sun Opener blooms Spring through Early Summer and can be harvested year-round

Mature Size: Up to 10 ft tall

Soil & Moisture: Well-draining, slightly acidic soil. Water on a daily basis in the spring and summer

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade, Light Shade


Climate Zones: USDA plant hardiness Zones 8-11

Patio Planting Zones: 4+

All of our tropical fruiting plants can be grown in small or large containers in northern zones or planted outside in warmer climates.

Spiritual Aztec History

Sinicuichi is a spiritually significant plant for many people of native descent in these areas, in fact, the plant was itself part of the entheogenic complex of psychoactive plants the Aztec utilized and worshiped for their political-religious ceremonies. It is one of the plants that is depicted on the famous 'Xochipili' deity, the Aztec Prince of Flowers.

This plant is intimately connected with the sun, which is part of it's namesake. This is in part due to the plant's psychoactive effects. Traditionally the plant was employed by Aztec and other indigenous shamans for use in divination- to access the knowledge of ancestors, to see past events unfold, to seek celestial and astronomical knowledge of the heavens for use in calculation, and so on. The Aztec priest, or tlamacazqui would generally prepare a sun tea from a heaping handful of the dried crushed leaves of the plant. This tea would have to be left out to bask in the sun for a day or two, the sun's UV light reacting with the chemical constituents of the plant and slightly altering them. 

The produced effects from drinking such an elixir included distinctly vivid and clear memories of the past, slight euphoria, bodily relaxation, an enhancing of visual acuity and color perception that often is described as 'seeing in gold', and a somewhat annoying auditory hallucination effect that resembles holding a seashell to your ear... but lasting hours. The plant's unique effects definitely contributed to the indigenous people's understanding of the plant as a spiritual tool to be respected and revered. 

Despite the rather psychedelic effects of the plant, there are no known reported negative side effects to using Sinicuichi, which has been utilized by native peoples for thousands of years. Sinicuichi is not a federally controlled substance, and growing it  for consumption is completely legal. However, it is advised that out of respect for the traditions of the indigenous peoples and the plant itself, that those who experiment with Sinicuichi do so under the guidance of a traditional native healer or shaman in a traditional manner.  It should be noted that smoking the dried leaves can induce a psychedelic state akin to Salvia Divinorum (another plant worshiped by the Aztec and surrounding peoples), but that once again these are powerful visionary states that are to be utilized in a ritualized and respectful manner, not for recreation! 

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