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Rouge Plant Wildflower Rivina humilis 20 Seeds

Rouge Plant Wildflower Rivina humilis 20 Seeds

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Rivina humilis, commonly known as rouge plant, baby pepper, or pigeonberry, is a small perennial plant native to the southern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central and South America. It belongs to the family Phytolaccaceae. Hardy in zones 7-11. Here are some key characteristics and information about Rivina humilis:


Appearance: Rouge plants are typically small, reaching heights of about 1 to 2 feet (30-60 cm). They have simple, alternate, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are often green, but they can turn reddish in color, especially in cooler weather.


Flowers: The plant produces small, inconspicuous, greenish-white flowers arranged in elongated spikes or racemes. These flowers are not particularly showy and are followed by small, berry-like fruit.

Fruit: The fruit of Rivina humilis is a small, round, red berry, about 1/4 inch (6 mm) in diameter. The berries resemble peppercorns and are sometimes referred to as pigeonberries due to their consumption by pigeons and other birds.

Habitat: Rouge plants are often found in open woodlands, along roadsides, in disturbed areas, and in sandy or well-drained soils. They prefer partial to full shade and can tolerate a range of environmental conditions.

Medicinal Uses: Some indigenous cultures have used parts of the rouge plant for medicinal purposes, such as treating skin ailments, wounds, and gastrointestinal issues. However, it's essential to exercise caution and consult with a healthcare professional before using any plant for medicinal purposes.

Wildlife Attraction: The berries of Rivina humilis are a source of food for various wildlife, including birds and small mammals. This plant can contribute to local biodiversity by providing food and habitat for wildlife.

 

Growing Instructions

 

Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet.

Put the seeds on the soil.

Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil.

Water the seeds.

Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade.

When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.

 


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