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Mentzelia albicaulis - Douglas.

Common Name Whitestem Blazing Star
Family Loasaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry, especially sandy soils, in desert valleys and foothills[71].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to California.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Mentzelia albicaulis Whitestem Blazing Star


Mentzelia albicaulis Whitestem Blazing Star

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Mentzelia albicaulis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked. The oily seed is parched and ground into a meal then mixed with water to make a mush[2, 46, 61, 105, 161, 212, 257]. The seed meal can be kneaded into a seed butter and used as a spread on bread[257]. The minute seeds are much used for food by several native North American Indian tribes[207].

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Medicinal Uses

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Odontalgic  Poultice  Salve

A poultice of the crushed, soaked seeds has been applied to burns and also to relieve the pain of toothache[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and are not sure that it will succeed outdoors in Britain, though it should be possible to grow it as a half-hardy annual. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a warm sunny sheltered position[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[200]. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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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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