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Grindelia robusta - Nutt.

Common Name Great Valley Gumweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats By the coast[21] in sunny well-drained situations[200]. Thrives in dry areas and salty plains[7].
Range South-western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Grindelia robusta Great Valley Gumweed


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Grindelia robusta is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from May to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw[257].

Medicinal Uses



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Antispasmodic;  Blood purifier;  Demulcent;  Expectorant;  Parasiticide;  Sedative;  Stomachic.

The leaves and flowering tops are antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, balsamic, demulcent, expectorant, sedative, stomachic and a vascular tonic[4, 7, 21, 46, 61, 207, 213]. Blood purifier[4]. The plant is applied externally as a compress on inflamed or irritated areas of the skin[7, 257]. Used internally, it slows down the heartbeat and reduces the stimulation of the nerve endings in the air passages that causes coughing - it is therefore extremely effective as a calming agent in the treatment of asthma[7]. The fluid extract is prepared by placing the freshly gathered leaves and flowers in a small quantity of simmering water for about 15 minutes[213]. The plant is used to treat people affected by poison-ivy[213].

Other Uses

Dye;  Hair;  Parasiticide.

Yellow and green dyes are obtained from the flowering heads and pods[168]. Aromatic. A decoction of the roots has been used as a hair shampoo to kill lice[257].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun[200]. Does well on dry sandy banks and in poor soils[200]. Plants tend to concentrate selenium in the leaves and stems, this is especially noticeable on soils that are relatively rich in that element[21]. Some authorities class this species as a synonym of G. camporum.

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Propagation

Seed - sow autumn or spring in a cool greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick out the plants into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.

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 :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Grindelia camporumGumplant, Great Valley gumweed, Bract gumweed03
Grindelia hirsutulaGumweed, Gum Plant03
Grindelia humilisHairy Gumweed02
Grindelia lanceolataRosin Weed, Narrowleaf gumweed, Texan gumweed13
Grindelia squarrosaRosin Weed, Curlycup gumweed23

 

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Nutt.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   Mon Feb 6 2006

you guys are very discripted but need to have more websites of this plant.

mostafa younis   Sat Apr 29 2006

there is no side effects

clive woods   Mon May 7 2007

I would like to try a decoction of this plant to reduce lung inflammation is it available in the uk

Kevin   Tue Jun 30 2009

Thanks for the info. I found this site useful as I was researching Grindelia Robusta as an active ingredient in a commercial poison ivy scrub.

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