African Dream Root
African Dream Root Young Plants & Seeds.
African Dream Root young plants & seeds. Silene capensis is native to South Africa and is now grown in many parts of the world for its special properties. Shaman’s Garden can now offer authentic viable Silene capensis seeds harvested in December 2016.
Silene capensis (Xhosa: iindlela zimhlophe — “white ways/paths”, also known as Silene undulata), is a plant native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
In cultivation, Silene capensis is an easily grown, but moisture hungry herb. It is tolerant of extreme heat, >40 °C (104 °F), and moderate cold, -5 °C (23 °F). Good seed raising mix is important. The fragrant flowers open at night and close in the day. It is a biennial to short-lived perennial and the root can be harvested after the second year.
Silene capensis is regarded by the Xhosa people as a sacred plant. Its root is traditionally used to induce vivid (and according to the Xhosa, prophetic) lucid dreams during the initiation process of shamans, classifying it a naturally occurring oneirogen similar to the more well-known dream herb Calea zacatechichi.