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Electric Daisy

Acmella oleracea

Also known as

Paracress, Eyeball Plant, Toothache Plant, Jambu, Brazilian Cress, Sichuan Buttons, Buzz Buttons, Tingflowers, Novacaine Plant, Phak Khraat Hua Van, Brede Mafane, Agrião Do Para

Acmella oleracea 003 by H. Zell (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

6 months to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Electric Daisy

A close up of the red and yellow flower of Acmella oleracea
A close up of the red and yellow flowers and green leaves of Acmella oleracea
A close up of the yellow flowers and green leaves of Acmella oleracea
A close up of the yellow flowers and green leaves of Acmella oleracea

Electric Daisy Overview

Acmella oleracea is a tender perennial that produces rich yellow daisy-like edible flowers that give you a tingle like a tiny jolt of electricity. Forming mounds of trailing growth, this colourful flower suits being grown in containers as well as in mixed flower beds of kitchen and cottage style gardens. Commonly known as Electric Daisy, Paracress, Sichuan Buttons and Eyeball plant, it is also sometime sold as Spilanthes 'Peek-a-boo' or Acmella 'Peek-a-boo' Acmella oleracea is a native of South America found from Brazil t Argentina and has been used in herbal remedies leading to one of its common names of Toothache Plant. It is often grown as an annual in sunny positions with well-drained, neutral soil.

Common problems with Electric Daisy

Generally pest and disease free.

How to harvest Electric Daisy

Flowers can picked a from 12 weeks onwards.

How to propagate Electric Daisy

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in summer and keep indoors ready to be plant out again the following year.

Seed

Under cover - Sow seeds onto the surface of seed trays without covering as they need light to germinate. Transplant into individual pots when large enough to handle and plant out in their final growing position once the the threat of frosts have passed.

Special features of Electric Daisy

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers to be moved undercover in winter.

Attractive leaves

Dark bronze-green, deeply veined, ovate and toothed leaves.

Attractive flowers

Pompom shaped flowers appear yellow and develop red centres held on olive coloured stems.

Attracts useful insects

Will attract fireflies when flowering.

Other uses of Electric Daisy

Suitable for warm, sunny informal borders.

Culinary

Flower buds can be added to salads.