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Mimosa hostilis v. inermis – Jurema (seed)

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Mimosa hostilis is native to northern Brazil and its range extends through into Central America. It is a pioneer species, germinating readily after fire and making the environment more amenable to succeeding generations of other species though its nitrogen fixing ability, it quickly creates organic material and humus for the soil. Now known as Mimosa tenuiflora.

Called tepezcohuite in Mexico where it is widely used as a wound healing agent.

Mimosa hostilis has many uses apart from the rootbark being a source of hallucinogenic tryptamines. The bark has been used to heal wounds, as an analgesic, fodder for stock and bees and a source of tannin.

Care and Cultivation of Mimosa hostilis

Mimosa hostilis seeds should germinate well with no treatment as long as temperatures are high enough in spring/summer/autumn. A soak overnight before sowing is also a good idea. Some people use a hot water treatment before sowing (scarification). Use a good quality seed raising mix. A small amount of fertilisation is recommended as Mimosa hostilis is a legume and high levels of nitrogen fertilisers can hinder rhizobial colonisation of the roots. Likes full sun to part shade, moist soil although it is drought tolerant. Can be deciduous in winter months. Spring flowering.

Our Mimosa hostilis seeds are harvested annually from our inermis selection (latin for armless/defenceless/spineless) and are predominantly thornless.

10 seeds per packet

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