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Ilex paraguariensis

Common Name:
Yerba mate
Plant Type:
Shrub, Tree
Geographic Origin:
South America
California Native?:
Plant Size:
Up to 50 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Culinary, Medicinal, Herb garden
Flowering Season:
Late autumn
Flower Color:
Full sun, part shade
Keep moist
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 25 degrees F.
Traditionally, mate tea is made from the dried leaves and branches steeped in warm water and is said to increase mental energy, focus, mood, and reduction of inflammation. For a more refreshing tea try Tereré (tear-eh-ray). Simply fill a pitcher with water and ice, stir in some fresh lime juice and sweetener to taste, fill a small metal or glass cup with loose yerba mate, insert a traditional tea straw to the bottom of the cup. Pour, share, sip, repeat.