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Heimia salicifolia - (Kunth.)Link.
                 
Common Name Erva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest
Family Lythraceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Along the sides of streams[192].
Range Southern N. America from Texas to Mexico and south to Central America.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Heimia salicifolia Erva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest


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Heimia salicifolia Erva De Vida, Shrubby yellowcrest
   
Physical Characteristics
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Heimia salicifolia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Aug to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Drink.

An intoxicating and euphoric drink is made by crushing the wilted leaves in water and leaving the liquid in a sunny position for three days to ferment[192]. In larger quantities this can induce hallucinations and produces a vision that is typically overcast in yellow[192].
Medicinal Uses


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Antispasmodic;  Hallucinogenic;  Sedative.

The leaves are antispasmodic, hallucinogenic and sedative[192]. An infusion serves to stabilize the blood pressure and relieve anxiety[192].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Easily grown in any well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Especially in the colder areas of the country this plant is best grown against a sunny south or south-west facing wall and given a good mulch of bracken in the winter[200]. The rootstock is fairly hardy in most of Britain, whilst the top growth tolerates temperatures down to about -10 to -15°c[200]. If cut back by severe weather the plant usually grows again from the base[200]. Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[200]. Plants growing by the side of a greenhouse at Cambridge Botanical Gardens flower freely[11]. This species is closely related to H. myrtifolia, differing mainly in having larger flowers[11]. Any pruning is best carried out in early spring by removing excess growth at the base of the plant[200].
Propagation
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Grow the young plants on for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer. Mulch the roots well in the autumn to protect them from the cold. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[200].

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Conservation Status
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