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Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) Plant

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) Plant

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Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) Plant

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) is an evergreen tree native to the subtropical regions of South America. It's a member of the holly family (Aquifoliaceae) and often grows up to ten meters in height - or sometimes more.

The caffeine-infused leaves have been used for many centuries to make a brewed beverage similar to tea. First consumed by indigenous Guaraní people in Paraguay, Mate has become a common drink in many South American countries. It's now also produced in Brazil and Argentina and is slowly growing in popularity in other parts of the world.

The thick, dark leaves provide color and interest year-round, and small white flowers also blossom in late fall and early winter. In late spring and early summer, small red berries appear on the tree which the seeds come from.

Yerba Mate can be grown successfully indoors in pots, but it has pretty specific requirements for outdoor planting. Unless you live in a hot and humid region that receives plenty of rainfall, it's not going to be suited to your garden.

The plant is currently growing in a 4 inch container, but will be shipped with the roots wrapped in damp paper towels and with plastic and ready to plant upon arrival. The plant will be between 2 to 3 inches in height. Planting guidelines will also be included.We are a full service licensed plant nursery (B2915001).

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