Prefers a sunny position.
Seed – requires a temperature of 21°c to germinate.
Germination takes place in about 2 weeks.
Cuttings when the plant is not in flower.
Plants have escaped from cultivation in New Caledonia, where the species is classified as ‘Invasive’.
There is a wild form with much stronger flavoured leaves that is occasionally used in salads but is more commonly used medicinally, especially to treat toothache.
Adds a pungent flavour to salads that stimulates the salivary glands whilst having a numbing effect on the tongue and lips.
The most common and widespread medicinal use is to treat toothache and throat and gum infections.