- Origin: Mexico
- Common Names: prodigiosa, bricklebush, tasselflower, dream herb, amula
What parts of prodigiosa are used?
The bitter leaves are brewed in teas and often sweetened with a bit of honey.
How do you identify prodigiosa and where is it grown?
This bushy perennial has dark green leaves with a grayish-purple hue on the underside. The leaves are large, toothed, drooping and contain distinctive white, cream, yellow and green flowers—resembling tassels—which can be seen blooming throughout the year. It’s found in Southwestern North America, including Mexico and New Mexico and grows between a foot and 3 feet tall.
A sweet potted herb
This pretty herb is easy to cultivate and grows well in a container garden.
Prodigiosa is generally prepared in bitter tonics, capsules and tinctures. Sometimes teas.
When preparing a tincture or even an herbal bitter, the ratio is 1:5 (plant matter to fluid solvent such as apple cider vinegar or an alcohol).
As a tea Prodigiosa is generally prepared by adding one teaspoon of the herb to eight ounces of hot water. Steep for 10 minutes.
Usually Prepared With:
With the bitter property in mind, Prodigiosa is generally combined with other herbs such as Angelica root, Dandelion leaf, Motherwort leaf to name a few.