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Ipomopsis aggregata - (Pursh.)V.E.Grant.

Common Name Skyrocket, Scarlet gilia
Family Polemoniaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry rocky slopes in sagebrush, scrub and clearings in pine forests to 3000 metres in California[187].
Range Western N. America - Oregon to California to Texas, north to N. Dakota.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Ipomopsis aggregata Skyrocket,  Scarlet gilia


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Ipomopsis aggregata is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.3 m (1ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. It is in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Gilia aggregata. (Pursh.)Spreng.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Nectar
Edible Uses: Tea

The plant has been boiled up as a tea[257]. The nectar is sucked from the flowers by children[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Cathartic  Disinfectant  Emetic  Skin  Tonic

The whole plant is cathartic and emetic[61, 257]. The leaves are steeped in hot water until the water turns a bright green, this liquid is taken in small doses as a tonic for the blood[207, 257]. An infusion of the whole plant has been used to treat blood diseases[257]. A decoction has been used as a disinfectant wash on itchy skin[257]. A poultice of the whole plant has been applied to rheumatic joints[257]. An infusion of the roots is used as a laxative and in the treatment of high fevers, colds[257].

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Other Uses

Adhesive  Disinfectant  Soap

The plant is reported to contain saponins[212] and so could possibly be used as a soap substitute[K]. A decoction of the plant has been used as a face and hair wash by adolescent girls[257]. The whole plant has been boiled up to make a glue[257].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained dry soil in sun or partial shade[187]. Requires a light very well drained fertile soil in full sun[200]. Plants are cold-hardy to about -15°c[187], but they are susceptible to rot in areas with wet winters[260]. It is best to cover the plants with a pane of glass in wet winter areas[260]. A slow-growing[188] and short-lived perennial or biennial species[187]. A polymorphic species[60]. The leaves have a musky scent[187]. The crushed leaves smell like a skunk[212].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Ipomopsis congestaBallhead ipomopsisPerennial0.3 0-0  LMHSNM01 

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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Author

(Pursh.)V.E.Grant.

Botanical References

200204

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