Ilex Paraguariensis (Yerba Mate’) – Live Plant


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Yerba mate’ is an energizing herbal tea commonly drank in South America. Yerba mate’ contains caffeine and other related stimulants but provides a much more natural energy than coffee and is easier on the stomach. Many yerba mate’ users report a refreshing alertness that is contrasted with the jittery anxious feeling that many coffee drinkers experience. Yerba mate’ tea also has a very organic taste that somewhat resembles green tea. An infusion of the leaves and twigs is made by soaking in hot water rather than boiling. Drinking yerba mate’ is a social experience, particularly in Argentina. The beverage is passed around in a special gourd called a mate’ and sipped through a metal straw called a bombilla. World Seed Supply is proud to offer these very rare live plants.  WE ALSO OFFER YERBA MATE’ SEEDS AND DRIED LEAF

Growing Information: Yerba Mate’ plants can be grown outdoors all year round where the weather is warm, or it can be grown indoors as a potted plant. It is likely for yerba mate’ plants to flower even in the north. The leaves can be used whenever the plant has enough leaves to spare without being damaged. Never harvest more than 1/3 of the leaves at one time. The ideal temperature for growing yerba mate’ is 65 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Shelter your yerba mate plants from direct sunlight to avoid sunburn.  In the rainforest, yerba mate’ trees normally grow under the shade of the forest canopy, so they can prefer somewhat shady environments. If you see the leaves turning red, that is a sign of sunburn.  Sunburn not only ruins the aesthetic appeal of the plant, it makes the yerba mate leaves bitter.  More light may yield more leaves, but they will be of inferior quality.

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**Buyer is responsible for frozen plants. USPS is heated, so the plant will be fine unless you leave it at your door too long. But if you are in a cold area and cannot get the plant right away, signature confirmation can be added to the shipping cost. They will hold the plant until you pick it up.

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