Root beer plant
Root beer plant is a plant which belongs to the Piper genus. The origin of this plant's scientific name epithet (auritum) means 'with long ears'.
Is commonly used in Mexican tamales, as an ingredient in Mole Verde, as well as a flavouring in fish, meat, and egg recipes. In Oaxaca, Mexico it is used as a flavouring in chocolate drinks.
A type of herb, it mainly grows as an annual/perennial plant - which means it can have a varying lifetime - from 1 year to several. Root beer plant is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 1.80 metres (5.85 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
This plant can be considered as invasive in some areas with tropical climates but with an absence of natural predators.
Mexico is believed to be where Root beer plant originates from.
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A frost will kill of the leaves, but the rootstock will remain alive if properly mulched and protected.Remember to water Root beer plant often. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ensure your soil has a ph of between 5.6 and 6.5 as Root beer plant is a weakly acidic soil loving plant. Keep in mind when planting that Root beer plant is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Root beer plant so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Root beer plant so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Root beer plant plants:
Mexican pepperleaf, Hoja santa, Veracruz pepper, False kava, Yerba santa, Sacred pepper
Piper auritum Kunth
Misspellings: Mexican Pepper Leaf