Salvia fimbriata Kunth
Salvia obvallata Epling
Common Name: Tarahumara Chia
Tarahumara chia is an erect annual or perennial herb, usually around 75cm tall[
The seeds are used to make a refreshing drink[
]. They are sometimes sold in local markets of Mexico[
]. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental.
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama to Mexico; southern N. America - Texas.
Wet or dry thickets and fields, often in oak-pine forests, occasionally a weed in cultivated lands, especially coffee plantations, along streams, usually at elevations of 1,200 - 2,800 metres, occasionally lower[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
A refreshing drink is made by soaking the roasted and ground seed in water[
]. It is sometimes mixed with barley water[
The herb is used for killing head lice[
The leaves are used to kill lice[
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse[
]. Germination should take place in about 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[
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