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Thelesperma gracile - (Torr.)Gray.

Common Name Hopi tea greenthread
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry plains, prairies and roadsides[43].
Range Central and western N. America - Nebraska and Wyoming to Texas, Mexico and Arizona.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Thelesperma gracile Hopi tea greenthread


G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Thelesperma gracile Hopi tea greenthread
G.A. Cooper @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Thelesperma gracile is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) 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 cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Bidens megapotamica. Thelesperma gracile

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers
Edible Uses: Tea

Flower buds[183]. No further details are given. A tea is made from the leaves and dried flowers[61, 161, 177]. The flowers and leaf tips are dried in an oven and then boiled for a very short time[216]. When well made it is delicious, with just a hint of mint in its aftertaste[183].

Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Dye

A fine reddish-brown basketry and textile dye is obtained from the plant[216]. No more details.

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[200]. This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain, usually requiring cold greenhouse treatment[1].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. In dry weather the seed should be watered in. Division might be possible.

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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 :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Thelesperma megapotamicumNavajo TeaPerennial0.5 -  LMHNDM11 
Thelesperma trifidumStiff greenthreadAnnual/Biennial1.0 0-0  LMHNDM11 

 

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Readers comment

   Mon Oct 25 03:40:40 2004

I suppose it won't hurt to mention the flavor. Navajo tea is similar to chamomile in taste.

Jackie Dougherty   Thu Jun 8 2006

On two occasions after I've consumed Thelesperma Gracile tea, I've experienced moderate stomach pain about 2-4 hours after drinking it. Has this been reported by others? J. Dougherty (jackiedougherty@earthlink.net)

Morgan Light   Fri Sep 8 2006

Yes, I had the same thing happen yesterday. I thought I was getting diarrhea butthe symptoms gradually decreased in intensity and then went away. MLight (mlight@unm.edu)

bob audette   Thu Apr 19 2007

I have drank Navajo tea , Co-ta as a cofee substute for many years it has acalming effect others have had the same with lowering of blood presure

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