Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)
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Mate (Ilex paraguariensis)

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The Mate shrub originates from the South American jungles along the Paranà, where it grows to a considerable tree that reaches up to 15 metres in height. It belongs to the hollies and is evergreen in a mild climate.

Yerba Mate, a tea made of the rubbed or cut leaves of the shrub, is a true national drink in Paraguay, Uruguay, South Brazil, and Northern Argentina. In South America, mate tea is traditionally enjoyed out of a drinking vessel called "cuia" with an intake manifold ("bombilla"). The vessel is made out of dried, small samples of the bottle gourd Lagenaria Siceraria, which we also offer. The drink has a very refreshing effect on the body and mind. Chewed, fresh leaves are also stimulating.

Recently, the drink has also made its mark as a superfood as it isn't only energizing but also an anorectic without considerable adverse effects.
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
100 – 300 cm6 – 14 m
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
Partially shadyfull shade
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Best germination temperature :
20 – 23 °C
Germination time in days:
30 – 90
The shrub isn't hardy. In Central Europe, only keep it as a pot or indoor plant. The seeds germinate well if you file the shell cautiously and presoak them in fertilized water. Guano is especially suitable as, in nature, the bright red fruits are preferably eaten by birds, which, afterward, excrete the seeds undigested and germinable. Germination takes, nevertheless, up to 3 months. Light germinator. Only press the seeds lightly into the soil.

The plant tolerated sun as well as shade.
Other names
Botanical name:
i. matei. paraguayensisi. paraguensisilex paraguariensis
German names:
Spanish names:
yerba mate
Item number
Seed quantity:
30 Pcs.

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