FAMILY :: AQUIFOLIACEAE
MATE, PARAGUAYAN TEA, YERBA MATE: Mate is one of the most popular stimulating beverages in South America. Contains caffeine (up to 2%) and theobromine and is somewhat stronger than coffee or tea. Mate is a tonic, nervine, diuretic and stimulant.
A holly, this plant is often kept trimmed to shrub size and can be grown in a tub in northern climates and either in tubs or in the ground in subtropical or tropical situations. It survives temperatures down to about 25Â° f.
Give young plants some shade. Likes humidity and heat. Needs well-drained acid soil. It is evergreen and dioecious. Currently, we have only female plants. Female plants tend to be milder in flavor, and slightly lower in caffeine than the male.