Growing Toothache Plant from Seed to Harvest Posted on 16 Jul 06:34 , 5 comments

Toothache plant is an often overlooked herb.  It is so unique and colorful.

What is Toothache Plant?

Spilanthes oleraces, Toothache Plant, is a medicinal herb that's been used for generations to manage the pain of toothaches. Both the leaves and the colorful flowers can be used.

Toothache plant is a native plant to Brazil and Africa. In warmer climates, Toothache plant is a tender perennial. In areas with frost, grow as an annual.


Growing Toothache Plant from seed

Toothache plant is quite easy to grow and is resistant to disease, insects and even rabbit.

For transplanting: sow seeds indoors 6 weeks before your last frost. Seed should be sown 1/4 inch deep in individual containers to keep from crowding. Keep soil moist but not waterlogged. A heat mat would be helpful if you are starting seeds indoors during winter or early spring.

Direct sow: Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep in well drained soil after your last frost date. Space seeds out approx 6-12 inches apart.

Toothache plant can grow in full sun.


Harvesting Toothache Plant

Both the leaves and the flowers can be harvested from the Toothache Plant. Once the plant reaches 1 foot in height, it should be ok to start harvesting.

Leaves and flowers can be used fresh or dried.  To dry, use a dehydrator or allow to naturally dry in a warm, dry spot with plenty of airflow.

Store fully dried plant matter in an airtight jar and label your container.


If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask!