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Madia elegans - D.Don.

Common Name Common Madia, Showy tarweed, Spring madia, Wheeler's tarweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry open places and roadsides[60].
Range Western N. America.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Madia elegans Common Madia, Showy tarweed, Spring madia, Wheeler


Madia elegans Common Madia, Showy tarweed, Spring madia, Wheeler
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Madia elegans is a ANNUAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked[105, 161, 257]. Although quite small, the seed was a staple food for some native North American Indian tribes[257]. Rich in oil, it can be roasted then ground into a powder and eaten dry, mixed with water, or combined with cereal flours[105, 161, 257]. The seed was also used as piñole[105, 257].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any good garden soil[1]. Prefers a deep open sharply drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Another report says that it is best in a shady position[1]. The flowers open in the morning or evening, closing when exposed to bright sunlight[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow in mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed. 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

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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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