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Helianthus cusickii - A.Gray

Common Name Cusick's sunflower
Family Asteraceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry grassy slopes, open woodland, mountain forests and foothills. Elevation: 1050-1300m.
Range N. America. Native to the western United States from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, northern California, and northwestern Nevada.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Helianthus cusickii Cusick


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Helianthus cusickii is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Oil  Root  Seed
Edible Uses: Oil

Edible Portion: Seeds, Roots. The roots are peeled and eaten raw. Carbon Farming Solutions - Staple Crop: protein-oil (The term staple crop typically refers to a food that is eaten routinely and accounts for a dominant part of people's diets in a particular region of the world) [1-1]. Perennial crops are being developed for their oil-seed. The Land Institute see them as part of a perennial polyculture system. Helianthus cusickii is an arid US western mountain species not tolerant of boreal conditions but grows on poor soils [1-1].

Medicinal Uses

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The root was used by US Plateau Indian tribes to treat erectile dysfunction, wasting, and tuberculosis.

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Other Uses

Oil

None Known

Special Uses

Carbon Farming

Cultivation details

Management: Standard  Staple Crop: Protein-oil  Under Development

Climate: cold to warm temperate. Humidity: arid to semi-arid. A perennial wildflower herb. Poor soils. Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer. Cultivation: under development. Management: standard (Describes the non-destructive management systems that are used in cultivation) [1-1].

Carbon Farming

  • Management: Standard  Plants grow to their standard height. Harvest fruit, seeds, or other products. Non-Destructive management systems.
  • Staple Crop: Protein-oil  (16+ percent protein, 16+ percent oil). Annuals include soybeans, peanuts, sunflower seeds. Perennials include seeds, beans, nuts, and fruits such as almond, Brazil nut, pistachio, walnut, hazel, and safou.
  • Under Development  Plant breeders are actively working to domesticate these plants for cultivation, but they are not yet commercially available as crops. Examples include most of the perennial cereal grains.

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Propagation

Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Helianthus Species, Cusick's Sunflower, Turniproot Sunflower

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

North America, USA

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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