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African Dream Herb / Snuff Box Sea Bean
The African Dream Herb is a huge climber with origins in Africa. The large, floating seeds have a thick seed shell, allowing them to drift thousands of kilometres across the oceans and then wash up on the shore and germinate. The seeds are often found on beaches and are called Sea Beans. They are often used in tropical countries for all kinds of jewellery.
In Africa, the seeds are used as a traditional medicine to induce vivid dreams for the purpose of communication with the spiritual world. The inside of the seeds can also be eaten fresh or mixed with other herbs and smoked.
The plant can grow outdoors in a tropical or subtropical climate. In a colder climate, the plant can be kept as house, greenhouse and container plant and reacts well to pruning. You can grow the species as high as you want to.
Try to notch the seed a little with a knife or saw (on the opposite side of the eye), but do not cut in the white part of the seed or in the flat side. Let the seeds soak for about 12 hours in lukewarm water, until they start to swell. Sow in sowing mix in a warm spot (ideally between 25-30 degrees) and the soil watered. Germination can occur as long as the seed is hard and generally takes a few weeks.
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Photo 1: B.T. Wursten
Photo 2: Paul Venter (CCA-3.0 Wikipedia)
Photo 3: Many Janos (CCA-3.0 Wikipedia)