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Pectis papposa - Harv.&Gray.

Common Name Chinchweed, Manybristle chinchweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy and clay flats from sea level to 1500 metres in deserts and creosote bush scrub in California[71].
Range South-western N. America.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Pectis papposa Chinchweed,  Manybristle chinchweed


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Pectis papposa Chinchweed,  Manybristle chinchweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pectis papposa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
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

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses: Condiment

The flowers are used as a condiment[161, 177, 183]. The seed can be parched, ground into a powder then used as a thickener and flavouring in soups or can be mixed with water to make a mush or porridge[257]. Leaves - raw or cooked[257]. The native American Indians would dip the leaves in salty water then eat them as a condiment with mush or cornmeal[257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Carminative  Laxative  Ophthalmic

The plant is carminative and laxative[257]. An infusion of the blossoms has been used as eye drops in the treatment of snow blindness[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species. It is not frost-hardy but can be grown outdoors in Britain as a half-hardy annual and probably requires a dry to moist light or medium well-drained soil in a sunny position.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. If you have sufficient seed it may be worthwhile trying an outdoor sowing in situ in mid to late spring.

Other Names

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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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Pectis angustifoliaNarrowleaf Pectis, LemonscentAnnual0.3 0-0  LMNDM111

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

Harv.&Gray.

Botanical References

71

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