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Common Name: Mintweed
Salvia reflexa is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Reported to be toxic to cattle, possibly through nitrate poisoning[
Southern N. America - Mexico.
Dry open soils from Wisconsin to Montana and south to Texas[
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The seeds are used in the preparation of a cooling drink[
The following notes apply to S. hispanica, they are probably also appropriate for this species[
When soaked in water the seeds form a gelatinous mass which is flavoured with fruit juices and consumed as a cooling drink[
]. The gelled seeds can also be prepared as a gruel or pudding[
The sprouted seeds are eaten in salads, sandwiches, soups, stews etc[
]. Due to their mucilaginous property they are often sprouted on clay or other porous materials[
The seed can be ground into a meal and made into bread, biscuits, cakes etc[
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a greenhouse. The seedlings dislike root disturbance, so prick them out carefully into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. The seed can also be sown in situ during mid spring, though this sowing might not mature its seed in a cool summer[