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Root Beer Plant
About This Plant
Best in shade; in sun it will wither, but recover with every rainfall. Hoja Santa is an interesting herbaceous perennial with heart-shaped leaves and knotty stems, forming spreading clumps during summer. Give it south wall protection and full shade.
Children who’ve smelled the leaves call it the root beer plant; the flowers even look like straws. In Mexico hoja santa is used to wrap meat or fish and to flavor soup, mole verde, and chocolate. (However, it contains a carcinogen — safrole — so use sparingly.)
Wilts in sun. Plan on cutting it back in winter; and wait for rain.