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Lygodesmia juncea - (Pursh.)D.Don.

Common Name Skeleton Weed, Rush skeletonplant
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Prairies and plains, especially in sandy soils[43].
Range N. America - Wisconsin and Alberta to Texas.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Lygodesmia juncea Skeleton Weed, Rush skeletonplant


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Lygodesmia juncea Skeleton Weed, Rush skeletonplant
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lygodesmia juncea is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum

A gum from the seeds is used for chewing[61, 105]. Other reports say that the gum is obtained from the flowering stems[46, 177]. Another report says that the roots were left in the sun until the gum came out and hardened, and this was then used for chewing[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic  Galactogogue  Kidney  Poultice  Tonic

Skeleton weed was employed medicinally by various native North American Indian tribes who used it particularly as a galactogogue[213, 257]. It is little, if at all, used in modern herbalism. The leaves and stems are galactogogue and tonic[213, 257]. An infusion of the stems has been used to promote milk flow in nursing mothers, in the treatment of smallpox, measles, kidney problems, diarrhoea, heartburn and burning coughs and also as a general tonic for children[257]. A poultice of the plant has been applied to bring relief to rheumatic and swollen joints[257]. An infusion has been used as a wash for sore eyes[257]. An infusion of the powdered galls that are found on the plant is diuretic[257].

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Other Uses

Gum  Hair  Insulation

An infusion of the stems, mixed with oil, has been used as a hair tonic[257]. The crushed stems have been used as foot pads in shoes[257].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most areas of the country. It is likely to require a sunny position in a light well-drained soil.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division can be tried in the spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lygodesmia grandifloraSkeleton Plant, Largeflower skeletonplantPerennial0.6 0-0  LMNM11 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

   Fri Jan 25 2008

Skeleton Weed has been rumored to cause testicular cancer if inhaled through the nasal passages.

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