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Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 7, 2011
8:19 PM

Post #8798472

Do you have any idea if Chia sages have any relationship to chia pets? I have no idea what actual plant is involved in that forest of seedlings that sprouts from a chia pet...


Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

September 8, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8798995

Hi Critter, you guessed it! Yes, Chia sage is indeed what is used in the Chia Pets. I believe they use Salvia hispanica for the "hair" sprouts, which is the species grown commercially.

Happy and Healthy Gardening!
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 8, 2011
9:31 AM

Post #8799122

Oh, that's another cool fact-let! thanks!
Stanchfield, MN

September 15, 2011
5:05 PM

Post #8810122

And the sprouts themselves are a good addition to salads, etc.
Topeka, KS
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2011
3:01 PM

Post #8813717

What is the USD hardiness on the Salvia Hispanica in part one? Flax seed can and quite often does cause stomach and bowel problems. Is this true of these plants. Thanks


Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

September 19, 2011
6:54 AM

Post #8814612

Iím not really sure of the USDA zone for Salvia hispanica. Iíd say zone 9 based on this info showing Texas and Florida: For the most part, as mentioned in the article, from what I can gather, S.hispanica does best outside the USDA zones (in Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Australia etc), which is why commercial growers donít grow it here. I bet you could grow it in KS though. It just wouldn't bloom until the end of the season and may not set seed before a killing frost. Our Tarahumara Chia (S.tiliifolia) just started blooming yesterday!

As for causing stomach and bowel problems
Chia is a seed containing fats and dietary fiber. There are medical conditions that cause some people sensitivities. For healthy individuals, one tablespoon, or less, per day of chia in foods should not be a problem. I always recommend seeing a doctor or healthcare professional for stomach and bowel (or any health) concerns.

Hope this helps,

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