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Chia, 'Tarahumara'


Salvia tiliaefolia APIACEAE
Used by the Tarahumara and California Indians as a source of food and medicine. Attractive textured leaves and 10-inch spikes of small (?" long) narrow, electric-blue flowers. Parsons has called chia, a "forced march food" because a tablespoon of seed was sufficient to sustain an Indian for 24 hours during a forced march. The seed is very nutritious. When water is added to the seed, a gel forms around the seed. This is a mechanism for holding water to aid germination. Though the flowers are small, the plant makes a nice landscape plant. One of the seeds used for "Chia Pets". Medicinal: The seed has been used as a folk remedy for diarrhea, probably because of the water-holding capacity of the seed.

[Culture: Annual/stratify 6 weeks then 70°F/---/5-7 days/direct sow, transplant/sun/18" to 36" ht./12-16" apart.]


Pkt. (0.2 g, 700 seeds)
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 04 November, 2004.

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