Podster, spilanthes is cool, isn't it? I find that the entire "eyeball" fades slightly as they are ripe. But, I have picked them not faded when frost gets here too quickly and they seem to be fine for seed saving. Not only will your mouth go numb after you chew on a leaf, but you will start to drool too. Kinda funny when a visitor to the garden nibbles some not knowing the effects.
LOL I haven't 'braved' it yet. I had read about it and will nibble when I am all alone or else someone will want to commit this old heifer to the old folks home.
If I recall reading an earlier post, wasn't it you that used it to numb the gums on a teething baby? I love plants like this that are fun and useful and I really enjoy introducing someone new to the tastes, fragrances and sensations of herbal plants. This one will be great fun.
Glad to know the eyeball fades with age as that is happening with the blooms. I was worried if my lack of proper care was the cause. Is germination easy?
Yup, Pod, it works well for teething babies. But, just a little dab for them. I also make tincture of it and have it handy for people who have a toothache, but can't get to the dentist until the next day. Rubbed on the worrisome tooth and gums, it works great.
Harvest seed from dried pods.Grows easily from seed.I start mine under lights in April.Plant out at the end of May in zone 5.Its been many years ago I bought the plant.Regrow new plants every year from seed.Edge