Dulce Buttons / Aztec Sweet Herb Seeds - (Lippia dulcis)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 100 seeds per pack
- Perennial to 30°F
- Days to Germination:
- Varies from 2-12 weeks
- Light Preference:
- Full sun to partial shade
- Plant Spacing:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Dulce Buttons - A Little Bit of Sweet
Known by the Aztec as Tzonpelic xihuitl, which literally means “sweet herb”. The tiny white buds are super sweet with a background flavor of mint, thyme, anise or licorice, but leaving no aftertaste like Stevia. Dulce Buttons is also known as Aztec Sweet Herb, Bushy Lippia, Honeyherb or Hierba Dulce.
Perennial shrub-like creeping plant with very showy purple-green leaves and upright white cone-like flowers. Fast growing, really attractive in the garden, adapts well on rock walls or other garden features, also excellent in hanging baskets. Spreads by runners.
Dulce Buttons have been used since at least the time of the Aztecs for coughs, colds, bronchitis, asthma, and colic. The leaves were introduced to United States medical circles in the late 19th century, being prescribed in tinctures and syrups to treat sinus congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis, as well as the common cough or cold.
They are a sweet intrigue on desserts, fruit or fresh artisan cheese for a burst of sweetness. Dulce Buttons enhance fruit salad with flavor and aroma. The leaves also contain the intensely sweet compound hernandulcin (1000 times sweeter than sugar) but contain camphor, having a more herbaceous flavor that works well when used sparingly in salads.
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I love this plant. Very sweet. Grows like a weed with small flowers in Texas. Birds spread them around, so be certain of the leaves or you will mistake it and weed it out. Love it. Better than Stevia, and Stevia grows on mountains - not here in Central Texas.