How to Grow Anadenanthera Peregrina


According to Emory University, the Anadenanthera peregrina tree is a tropical leguminous woody tree that may reach a mature height of up to 88 feet. This tree is native to the countries of Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. The tree, which belongs to the Fabaceae plant family, has dark green leaves that resemble ferns and produces pods of a rich brown hue that are filled with seeds that are similar to peas. Home gardeners in hardiness zones 8 through 10b in the United States grow Anadenanthera peregrina as an attractive plant because it gives lush greens, blooms in shades of yellow, white, and light yellow, and fragrance throughout the whole summer.


Make sure you get seeds that can really grow. There is a possibility that hallucinogenic (medical) seeds have passed their expiration date and will not germinate.

Crafts of many kinds make use of the seeds once they have been dried up.


The seeds of the plant, which are often referred to as parica, yopo, jopo, nopo, calcium tree, or cohoba, contain entheogenic (mind-altering) tryptamines. These tryptamines are strong psychosis and hallucinogen causing substances. Children and household pets should not come into contact with the very poisonous seeds.

  1. 1. Soak the Seeds

    Soak Anadenanthera peregrina seeds in water overnight. You may buy seeds either online or at local tropical plant nurseries in your area. If you have access to an Anadenanthera peregrina tree, you may harvest the seed by gathering the pods after they have reached full maturity.

  2. 2. Prepare the Potting Mix

    As recommended by Magic Mushroom Shop, compose your own potting soil by combining horticultural sand and perlite in proportions of 50/50. (Because the seeds have a propensity to decay quickly, you should steer clear of a growth media that includes any organic material.) The potting material should be stuffed into pots about 2 inches across and put in greenhouse trays. Spray a little mist of water over the potting material. Let the liquid drain.

  3. 3. Plant the Seeds

    Put one seed into each individual pot. Put the seed on top of the dirt, centred in the container, and water it lightly. A very thin coating of perlite or vermiculite should be placed over the seed. Even though it will be exposed to light and air through the protective shell, the seed will still be able to keep its wetness.

  4. 4. Provide Proper Light and Warmth

    Put the seed tray in an area that gets enough of natural light or offer supplemental lighting if you’re growing plants in a greenhouse. Temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in the soil and 75 degrees Fahrenheit in the surrounding air are ideal for germination. Grow lights should be hung at a height of about 10 to 12 inches above the surface of the tray. Every day, spritz a fine mist of water over the tray. Seven to fourteen days are required for the germination of viable, fresh seeds.

  5. 5. Transplant the Seedlings

    When the seedling is between 6 and 8 inches tall, transplant it. Choose a spot for planting that gets plenty of direct sunlight. The optimal conditions for the growth of A. peregrina are full sun, healthy soil, and good drainage. This plant is sensitive to frost. Flowers don’t usually start to appear on the plant until it is at least two to three years old and firmly established. A. peregrina may be grown outside in pots in United States hardiness zones that encounter cold temperatures during the summer, and then brought inside when the temperature lowers. These plants can be used to adorn decks and patios when the weather is warm.

  6. 6. Add Organic Material

    When transplanting plants to outdoor pots or permanent locations outside, the soil should be amended with organic material. It is advisable to use a planting mixture that consists of two parts potting soil, two parts horticultural sand, and one part organic compost or herbivore dung that has been matured for some time.

  7. 7. Wait for Soil to Dry Before Watering

    In the time between waterings, the plant should be allowed to completely dry out. Andenanthera peregrina is susceptible to root rot if grown in consistently damp or boggy soil and cannot survive under such conditions. The first one to two years of development are marked by relatively sluggish growth. However, if you can hold out for the mature plant, it will be well worth your time.

    Things You Will Need

    • Garden gloves

    • Shovel

    • Potting soil

    • Garden sand

    • Organic compost

    • Aged manure