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Silene capensis (syn. Silene undulata) (also known as African Dream Root) is a plant native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, where it 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.

In Cultivation it is an easily grown but moisture hungry herb, but tolerant of extreme heat (+40C) and moderate cold (-5C). A moisture retentive seedbed is essential. The flowers open at night and close in the day. They are very fragrant and smell something like cloves, jasmine and bananas. It acts a biennial to short lived perennial and the root can be harvested after the second year.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Silene capensis. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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