days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every square foot
sunlight requirements: up to 6 hours, shade loving
look out for: mealy bugs
harvest notes: can become leggy if not harvested or pruned
Ti-lo is a trailing or climbing perennial herb native to tropical regions of South America and the Caribbean. Often cultivated for it’s foliage, above ground parts are often brewed as a relaxing tea and general medicinal tonic with a wide range of uses, including ceremoniously. Its dark green leaves and stems containing coumarin, an anticoagulant, and violet-colored flowers are tiny and delicate, with a light vanilla fragrance. Commonly known as Water Willow, Ti-lo has many names such as in chapantye or zeb chapantye in Haiti. Other folk names include freshcut, chamba, curia, or piri piri. It thrives in moist soil conditions, partial to deep shade, and makes for a beautiful mounding shrub in your food forest system.