Yerba Mate
Ilex paraguariensis
Prized for making delicious and stimulating tea, this South American holly forms an attractive, evergreen shrub or small tree, Yerba Mate is hardy to about 25°F. and, In the Northwest and other northern regions, can be grown in a container and brought indoors to a well-lit location in the winter. Very high in antioxidants, Yerba Mate tea is made from the dried leaves and is a very popular coffee substitute in Argentina, Brazil and many other Latin American countries.
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