Toothache Plant is a tender perennial that is commonly used to treat toothaches along with other mouth, throat, and gum conditions. The leaves and flowers can be chewed to have a mildly anesthetizing effect.
This medicinal herb also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it enhances the immune system. The leaves are often eaten raw and taste good in salads.
How To Grow Toothache Plant From Herb Seeds:
In areas of frost, grow Toothache Plant seeds as annuals. It prefers full sun or partial shade. Start the herb seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost date.
Transplant the young plants outside into a prepared site that has had organic compost worked in. Wait until frost danger has passed to plant outside. Once the young Toothache plants have several sets of mature leaves, pinch back the stems to encourage more bushy and compact growth.
USDA Zones: 9 - 11
Height: 18 - 24 inches
Bloom Season: Midsummer to early fall
Bloom Color: Yellow w/ red
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Prefers moist, but well-drained soils
Average Germ Time: 7 - 14 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed, but press firmly into the soil