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Sida acuta potted plant, organic

$7.50

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.   I have eaten a piece of the plant and find that the reaction is typical for a medicinal mallow–a soothing mucilaginous action followed by a tonifying astringency.  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.   Space 2 feet apart.

Potted plant, certified organically grown

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  1. Question

    Debbie

    You’re out of stock on sida acuta. Do you know if you’ll have more by September shipping?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Debbie, Sorry, I don’t think so, it wasn’t on the prop list for this fall, however we do have seeds in stock and it grows very fast from seed. richo

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    • Kate

      Do you have any photos of very young seedlings? I “jugged” some seed I bought from y’all and want to know if what came up is sida or a volunteer of something else.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kate, OK, I uploaded a picture of the seedlings for you. its in the gallery. richo

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    • Anita Gillispie

      Prickly Sida (Sida spinosa) grows on my property wild. Will Sida acuta cross-pollinate with Prickly Sida? Or might Prickly Sida be used similarly? Thanks.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Anita, Sida species do have very similar floral parts, pollination biology and they share the same pollinators. hybridization is rare and produces sterile offspring, so its no big deal. Most species of Sida are used medicinally. Also they are nontoxic. The indications for use of the different species does vary quite a bit. i don’t know if spinosa is really a good substitute for acuta. richo

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