Botanical Name: Hemia salicifolia Sinicuichi
Common Name: Shrubby Yellowcrest
Category: Hardy Shrub
Seed Count: 20
Hemia salicifolia Sinicuichi, Shrubby Yellowcrest: Hardy flowering shrub from Mexico and central America. This sub shrubby plant is an unlikely member of the ‘Loosestrife family. The thin woody stems are clad with narrow lance shaped leaves. Masses of bright yellow flowers appear in early spring. This plant is said to have used by the Aztecs for a myriad of medicinal and spiritual purposes; however, there are three main categories which most of the preparations fall into: fermented teas, healing salves, and direct extractions. Prefers well drained soils in dry hot climates in full sun. Drought tolerant, but frost tender. 1.2 m H x 1.2 m W.
Sow Heimia seeds 4-6 weeks prior to last spring frost. Sow seed in seed tray on good seed raising mix, lightly covering seeds with mix. Moisten; keep moist but not wet. Place seed tray in warm location or heat propagator at 20-25 degrees C. Germination should begin in 7-14 days. Transplant seedling once large enough to handle to 8 cm pots and grow on until large enough to plant out in open garden. Alternatively, direct sow seed to garden or flower bed location after last spring frost.