20 (30cm, Paracress has ornamental elongating gold and red flower discs above glossy, aromatic leaves. Fresh leaves are used as additional ingredients in salads in Brazil. Never eat an entire leaf or flowerbud all at once! All parts provoke a numb and strongly tingle sensation on the tongue and in the throat. This species has medicinal properties for containing a strong analgesic agent (Spilanthol). Easily grown as an annual in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot in the garden. VI-VIII.