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)
6 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
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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
Take softwood cuttings in summer and keep indoors ready to be plant out again the following year.
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
Can be grown in containers to be moved undercover in winter.
Dark bronze-green, deeply veined, ovate and toothed leaves.
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.
Flower buds can be added to salads.