Sida Cordifolia is a fast-growing, yellow-flowered perennial native to the plains of India, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. But it can now be found growing in much of the rest of the world, including Africa, Australia, Hawaii and the southern U.S. It has a serrated, heart-shaped leaf at each node and reaches approximately two to three feet with maturity. It is these heart-shaped leaves that the name “cordifolia” refers to. Sida Cordifolia has relatively limited herbal use in the United States, but it is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. The roots, leaves and seeds are all used. It is reportedly employed for a variety of purposes including as an anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, a metabolism and energy booster, a bronchodilator, an appetite suppressant and an aphrodisiac. The aerial parts of the plant are known to be significant stimulants. As such, they can be found in a number of energy, weight-lifting and weight-loss supplements. We also offer live sida cordifolia plants and dried stems.
Growing Information: Since Sida Cordifolia often grows in wastelands it can tolerate poor soils if necessary. However, the soil should be well-draining. Perlite can be added to a commercial potting mix for a suitable medium for growing in containers. Soak the seeds for twenty-four hours prior to planting. Some growers also recommend scarifying the seeds too. The seeds can be sown in pots or directly outdoors in full sun to partial shade. The soil should remain relatively moist. Germination may be irregular and can take from two weeks to three months.
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