Yerba mate - Ilex paraguariensis

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YERBAM

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Ilex paraguariensis. Paraguay tea or Yerba mate is a South American evergreen tree in the holly family. Its leaves are made into a popular energizing drink in much of South America. It is comparable to black tea or coffee in its use.

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    Ilex paraguariensis. Paraguay tea or Yerba mate

    Information below is only the potential the plant has. You will be receiving one plant no more than 3 inches in height shipped in a 3 inch deep pot.

    Ilex paraguariensis. Paraguay tea or Yerba mate is a South American evergreen tree in the holly family. Its leaves are made into a popular energizing drink in much of South America. It is comparable to black tea or coffee in its use.


    The traditional way to drink yerba mate is to pour hot water over the ground twigs and leaves that have been placed into a specially formed vessel made from a dried gourd. A bombilla or metal straw with a built in filter is used to drink the liquid.


    Native to many areas of South America including Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
    Can grow to a height of 40 feet, but in cultivation is usually pruned to 12 - 24 feet in height. Can easily be kept at a much shorter height of 3-5 feet. Zones 9a-11. Likes rich moist soil.

     

    Yerba mate Plant

     

    Plant Characteristics

     

    Fruit/Flower/Aroma Characteristics

    Plant Height

    3-5 feet in pot. 40 feet in landscape

     

    Bloom color

    White

    Common form

    Tree

     

          Bloom time

    Late summer to early winter

    Growth

    Moderate to fast

     

    Quality

     

    Leaves

    Glossy evergreen

     

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    Culture

    Soil

    Well drained do not let dry out between waterings

    Exposure

    Full to part sun

    Application

    Landscape in warm areas, container, indoors

    Zone

    9-11

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