OMG... There is a plant that you can grow in the U.S. that has caffeine!?! 0_0 For those curious it's... Yaupon Holly and it tastes like green tea.
@RadioAngel Is it a native plant, or something that has escaped from gardens into the wild? Is it invasive?
@RadioAngel I got a yaupon tea sample pack once. The plain yaupon does in fact make me feel a bit gross in the tumtum, but I suspect that's personal and probably just makes it "an acquired taste"
My favorite was the yaupon and mint. Delicious.
@RadioAngel I think goosegrass (cleavers, can't remember Latin name but poke me if you want me to look it up later) also contains some caffeine. Not sure how invasive it is there.
ahh I love yaupon tea! I grow yaupon in my garden. since it's native it's used a lot in landscaping where I live
Well after researching, the only thing that grows in the pnw that has caffeine is scotchbroom seeds, which are an invasive plant, though this plant can be used to help reforest areas particularly damaged by roadways, and harmed soils. It can revitalize soil, and pull nutrients from deeper below the surface dirt, and cultivate new life. It has the potential of allowing breathing room for trees to spring up in between plants, and creates food and a home for birds.
According to the video i watched, colonizers brought it over and then got upset when it started taking over their roadways, i think its kinda funny that their own plant turned on them. The plant can be used as a dieretic, and can help lower blood pressure and heart problems, the seeds are what is caffeinated, but they shoot out like springs so im not sure how one would harvest haha. Be careful though high dosages of this plant can be poisonous.
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