What Is Spilanthes? Also Called A Tootache Plant? - Knowledgebase Question

Wilmington, DE
Question by dreamms13
March 24, 2001
i asked in the title of the plant, spilanthes(the Amish in Pennsylvania use it to treat toothaches(numbing effect). sometimes they refer to it as the toothache plant but i cannot obtain any information on same anywhere and i have tried various resources). If you could provide any information or an official name of this plant other then what they provided it would be greatly appreciated. unknown if a house plant, a herb or wildflower?

Answer from NGA
March 24, 2001


Toothache plant is a name used for possibly more than one type of spilanthes, as well being commonly used for a number of other unrelated plants based on their "herbal" uses. Spilanthes acmella and related Spilanthes oleracea are traditional herbal remedy plants (anesthetic) for teeth and gum pain and may have some antiseptic value. Spilanthes originates in the tropics where it is perennial and is grown as an annual in cold winter areas so it is considered for to be a "tender perennial". To grow it as an annual, provide sun to part shade and an evenly moist but well drained soil and protect it from frost. Enjoy your plant!

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