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Polymnia uvedalia - L.

Common Name Bearsfoot
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rich woods and thickets[43].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Indiana, Tennessee, Florida and Texas.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Polymnia uvedalia Bearsfoot


Thomas G. Barnes @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Polymnia uvedalia Bearsfoot
William S. Justice @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Polymnia uvedalia is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.7 m (8ft 10in). It is in flower in September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Smallanthus uvedalia. (L.)MacKenzie. ex Small.

Habitats

Sunny Edge;  Woodland Garden.

Rich woods and thickets[43].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Anodyne;  Laxative;  Poultice;  Salve;  Stimulant.

Bearsfoot root was used by the North American Indians as a stimulant and laxative remedy[254]. It is perhaps best known for its use as a hair tonic whilst the root is also taken internally as a treatment for non-malignant swollen glands and especially for mastitis[254]. The root is anodyne, laxative and stimulant[4, 61]. The root is said to have a beneficial effect on the liver, stomach and spleen and may be taken to relieve indigestion and counteract liver malfunction[254]. It is said to be of great use when applied externally to stimulate hair growth and is an ingredient of many hair lotions and ointments[4]. A poultice of the bruised root has been used as a dressing and salve on burns, inflammations and cuts[257].

Other Uses

Hair.

None known

Cultivation details

Requires a warm position in a deep rich soil[1].

Propagation

Seed - sow late winter in a warm greenhouse[1]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Division in spring. Basal cuttings in the spring. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Readers comment

Gazmend Skenderi   Mon Mar 13 2006

The chemical constituents of Polymnia uvedalia L. (Bear's Foot)are not known. Based on old reports it contains tannins, a resin and sugars. I, Gazmend Skenderi, in my recent reference book titled Herbal Vade Mecum, have suggested for the possible constituents with their pharmacolocical properties. So, I should not be listed under Reader's comments, but under the cited Authors / References. Thanks also for the link. Gazmend Skenderi HERBACY PRESS www.herbacy-press.com

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