|Description:||General: This intriguing herb has reddish-green leaves with compact, little flowers that have no pedals. The flowers are yellow and have a red center. This plant grows well in full sun or partial shade.
Culinary Uses: The leaves have a milder numbing effect than the flowers and has a slight peppery taste. They can be used in salads. Medicinal Uses: This plant is named for it's traditional use of soothing toothaches. Chewing the leaves and flowers will give a local anesthetic effect. It has also been used for other mouth, throat, and gum conditions. It is said that this herb can enhance immune function due to anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.