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Planting cola herb - how it's done

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There are really the strangest plants. This includes, for example, the cola herb. Read here why this is called and how it is planted.

Cola herb tastes good and is a medicinal herb

Just when the name sounds, the spice tree, which grows up to 1.5 meters high, quickly gets the greatest attention from gardeners. This herb not only smells of cola, it also tastes of it. It is no wonder that the cola herb is becoming increasingly popular in German gardens.

The robust and easy-care perennial, which comes with pretty yellow flowers in summer, can even be used in many ways. The digestive cola herb contains e.g. an essential oil, which can develop its healing properties for skin diseases as well as rheumatism and gout. Just ask the naturopath how you can best use this herb against rheumatism, gout and skin diseases.

So that you can have the cola herb at home at any time, we would like to explain here how the perennial can be planted and used.

Plant cola herb

The Mediterranean cola herb loves the full sun and therefore tolerates well dry, albeit humus-rich to chalky soils. However, it is best to enrich the soil with compost every year.

Tip:

You can even make a plant hedge quite well with cola herb, because you can easily cut the perennial into shape.

You can plant the cola herb, which is often referred to as the boar diamond, outdoors in early spring (from April). It is up to you whether you buy young plants in specialist shops and use them directly in the garden bed, or grow the herb yourself via seeds.

Caring for cola herb properly

»Cut back:

The perennial, hardy cola herb begins to bloom every year from July, with the bloom remaining light and loose until autumn. In late autumn, you should then make an intensive pruning on the perennial so that it can sprout again voluminously in the coming spring.

»Watering / fertilizing:

Furthermore, you only need to water the cola herb during longer dry periods. However, you should definitely avoid waterlogging. And fertilization is only necessary if necessary.

»Wintering:

Extra protection in the winter months is not necessary. However, you can pile the plant with leaves or autumn leaves, the rotting of which provides excellent nutrients.

Use of the cola herb

You can harvest the cola herb every autumn and use it as a meat and fish seasoning at any time. This herb can also be used to refine salads or in herb quark and sauces. It is often used as an additive in herbal teas to significantly improve their taste.

Important:
You should only ever use or consume the leaf tips of the cola herb, because the whole leaf tastes extremely bitter.

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