Botanical name: Ilex paraguariensis
Common name: Yerba Mate, Herva mate, Paraguay tea, Herba maté, Jesuit Tea, South American Holly
Native to: northern Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, southern Brazil
Life cycle: perennial
Flower colour: white
Flower time (Central / West-Europe): -
Characteristics and usage: medicinal & culinary plant, dried leaves are used to make a tea, a historically important drink in Central and South America. Mate is a tonic and stimulant, active constituents in leaves: caffeine (mateine), theobromine, theophylline, trigonelline, vitamin c
Weight of 1000 seeds: 10g
Seeds per gram: 100
Cultivation / direction of sowing: hard-shelled seeds, soaking seeds 24 hours in hot water before planting is that your germination time will be reduced. Sow seed at 20 to 30°C, germination irregular, often several months. Ilex paraguariensis a subtropical, evergreen tree is frost-tender.
Seasonal seeds, available from April to August.