Erva De Vida (Heimia salicifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Erva De Vida
Heimia salicifolia
Lythraceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are antispasmodic, hallucinogenic and sedative[192]. An infusion serves to stabilize the blood pressure and relieve anxiety[192].

  • Edible Use

    An intoxicating and euphoric drink is made by crushing the wilted leaves in water and leaving the liquid in a sunny position for three days to ferment[192]. In larger quantities this can induce hallucinations and produces a vision that is typically overcast in yellow[192].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Grow the young plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Mulch the roots well in the autumn to protect them from the cold. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].
Easily grown in any well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Especially in the colder areas of the country this plant is best grown against a sunny south or south-west facing wall and given a good mulch of bracken in the winter[200]. The rootstock is fairly hardy in most of Britain, whilst the top growth tolerates temperatures down to about -10 to -15¡c[200]. If cut back by severe weather the plant usually grows again from the base[200]. Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[200]. Plants growing by the side of a greenhouse at Cambridge Botanical Gardens flower freely[11]. This species is closely related to H. myrtifolia, differing mainly in having larger flowers[11]. Any pruning is best carried out in early spring by removing excess growth at the base of the plant[200].
Southern N. America from Texas to Mexico and south to Central America.

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