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Galinsoga parviflora - Cav.

Common Name Gallant Soldier
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The plant is considered to be poisonous to goats[272].
Habitats Arable land, waste places, pavements in towns etc[9, 17], often in partial shade[85].
Range S. America. Naturalized in S. Britain.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Galinsoga parviflora Gallant Soldier


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Galinsoga parviflora is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from May to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Stem.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Drink.

The leaves, stem and flowering shoots - raw or cooked and eaten as a potherb, or added to soups and stews[55, 62, 144, 183]. They can be dried and ground into a powder then used as a flavouring in soups etc[183]. A bland but very acceptable food[85, 144], it makes a fine salad either on its own or mixed with other leaves[9]. The fresh juice can be mixed and drunk with tomato or vegetable juices[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Stings.

When rubbed onto the body, the plant is useful in treating nettle stings[240]. The juice of the plant is applied to treat wounds, It helps to coagulate the blood of fresh cuts and wounds[272].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils preferring well-drained conditions and full sun or partial shade.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[200]. Germination usually takes place within a month.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Botanical References

17

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Readers comment

Phil Sumption   Tue Jul 31 2007

Organic Weed Management website Information on the occurence (UK), biology and management of this plant

Norman Hall   Wed Nov 19 2008

Well known in Colombia, South America, as Guascas. This herb is an essential ingredient of the Bogota chicken and potato stew/ soup known as ajiaco Grows well in NW UK - to the extent it is a persistent weed in my garden. This year it is still flowering (a little) in mid November

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