Grandma's cure of chewing the leaves of this plant to ease the pain of a toothache has another use. Some pepper lovers chew these leaves before eating some of the world's hottest peppers to numb the pain of the capsaicin in their mouths and throats. Mixologist have fun incorporating springs into their pepper infused cocktails.
Flowers and leaves are both edible.
Photo by H. Zell, 2009
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It arrived in good shape and has adapted quickly. The plant is attractive - the flowers are unusual. We have it in a window sill and it is doing well and is fun to have.