Sida acuta, packet of 20 seeds, Organic
Family: Mallow (Malvaceae)
Hardy to Zones 8 to 11, otherwise grown as a 90 day annual
(Common Wireweed, Mahabal) Perennial taprooted subshrub native to South America and introduced throughout tropical regions. USDA lists this as a native plant in the American South and Hawaii, and the distribution is currently pantropical. The plant grows from 1 to 5 feet in height and flowers yellow. Wherever it grows, the plant is utilized in herbal medicine and considered potent and helpful. The whole plant may be made into a tincture that contains alkaloids and flavonoids. The seeds contain phytoecdysteroids. The whole plant extract is considered emollient, analgesic, antimalarial, antivenin, and perhaps most importantly antibacterial to Staph, E-coli, Pseudomonas and Mycobacterium. The plant is used in treating Lyme disease and Lyme co-infections. The root is antifungal. The plant accumulates heavy metals and can be used in bioremediation of polluted sites, but for medicinal use the plant should be grown only in clean, organic sites. This plant does well in disturbed soils and is a weed of agricultural fields. Once started, it will grow quickly in standard garden soil in the sun. Full germination of seeds requires 1 to 3 months of moist, warm conditions but my trials showed partial germination after only four days in warm, moist, shade. Scarify on medium grit sandpaper, barely cover seed with soil, tamp securely and keep moist and shaded until the seeds germinate. Work up in pots and space 2 feet apart.
20 seeds per packet, certified organically grown