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Eyeball plant

Spilanthes oleracea

'Eyeball plant' is a plant in the Spilanthes genus with a scientific name of Spilanthes oleracea. The botanical name epithet for Eyeball plant (oleracea) means 'eaten as a vegetable'.

Historical medicinal herb with unique acorn-shaped orange-yellow flowers. An unusual container or flowerbed plant. It has striking cone-like flowers with no flower petals, but instead, exhibits golden ‘buds’ with a rust-red center! Quite an eye-catcher. :)

Eyeball plant grows as an annual/perennial and is a flower. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years. Normally growing to a mature height of 38.0 cm / 1.24 feet. This plant tends to bloom in late summer.

Paraguay is believed to be where Eyeball plant originates from.

Eyeball plant is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Eyeball plant

  • Partial Sun

    +
  • Medium

A good plant to place on the outside of a bed, the eyeball plant only reaches 15" max. and is rarely eaten by rabbits or insects.

A partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.1 and 7.5 as Eyeball plant likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Eyeball plant is thought of as tender, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.

Growing Eyeball plant from seed

do not cover seeds. Should sprout in a few days.

Aim to sow 0.0 inches (0.0 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 11.7 inches (30.0 cm).

Transplanting Eyeball plant

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Eyeball plant is a tender plant.

Companion plants for Eyeball plant

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Eyeball plant so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Eyeball plant

These plants will not grow well with Eyeball plant so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Eyeball plant problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Eyeball plant plants:

Eyeball plant Etymology

The flower (yellow and olive shaped with a orangey-red “pupil”) looks quite a bit like an odd little eye. The name “toothache plant” stems from the fact that the flowers cause oral-numbness and drooling if eaten (according to the Iowa State University Extension), though I would not reccomend consuming them.

Other names for Eyeball plant

Toothache plant

eye ball plant, toothache plant, peek-a-boo plant, peekaboo plant

Misspellings: Para cress, Spilanthes olerocea

Eyeball plant care instructions

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