How to Grow Eyeball Plant and Toothache Plant

Spilanthes Germination Information

Spilanthes is the botanical name for the Eyeball Plant and the Toothache Plant
Spilanthes Seed Germination How to Sow Spilanthes:
  • Best sown indoors at 68° with NO cover as light aids in germination
  • Expect germination in 10-15 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in the spring, after all danger of frost is past
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Spilanthes:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space 18 inches apart in full sun to part shade

Soil: Site in any normal, loamy, moist, well-drained soil

Additional Care: Pinch plants to promote better branching

Appearance and Use:

A useful plant for edging, baskets, and containers, the flowers of which are cut for use both fresh and dried. It is a mounded, semi-trailing plant that grows 12-15 inches tall by 24 inches wide. In early to late summer the 1 inch, olive-shaped, yellow with burgundy centered flowers appear. The leaves are glossy and bronzy green. The Australian Aborigines use the leaves to fight toothaches


About Spilanthes:
Pronunciation:  spi-lan’thez ol-er-a’se-å
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Asteraceae, native to tropical regions
Common Name: Eyeball Plant, Toothache Plant