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Wyethia amplexicaulis - Nutt.

Common Name Mulesears Wyethia, Mule-ears
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open, not too dry hillsides and dry meadows in the foothills[60].
Range Central and Western N. America.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Wyethia amplexicaulis Mulesears Wyethia, Mule-ears


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Wyethia amplexicaulis Mulesears Wyethia, Mule-ears
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Wyethia amplexicaulis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in flower from July to August. 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 moist soil.

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Synonyms

Espeletia amplexicaulis.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Root  Seed
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[46, 61, 105, 161, 257]. The native North American Indians dug pits in the ground which they lined with large stones. They then burnt a fire on top of the stones until the stones were hot. The roots were placed on these hot stones, sealed in with fern leaves and earth and then fermented for one or two days[94]. Seed[161, 177, 207, 257]. No more details are given. Young shoots[177]. No more details are given.

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Medicinal Uses

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Poultice

The roots furnish a remedy applied externally as a poultice to bruised and swollen limbs[207, 257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a free-draining, gritty but moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are intolerant of drought[200]. Plants are considered to be a pest of grazing ground in N. America and large-scale eradication programmes are carried out[212].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse or cold frame in early spring. Use a very freely-draining compost, prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out into their permanent positions when they are large enough. Careful division of the crown as the plants come into growth in spring[200].

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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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Wyethia angustifoliaCalifornia Compass PlantPerennial1.0 8-11  LMNM21 
Wyethia helianthoidesSunflower Wyethia, Sunflower mule-earsPerennial0.0 0-0  LMNM30 
Wyethia longicaulisHumboldt MulesearsPerennial0.5 -  LMNM31 
Wyethia mollisWoolly Wyethia, Woolly mule-earsPerennial1.0 7-10  LMNM41 
Wyethia robusta Perennial0.6 -  LMNM10 

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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