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Wyethia helianthoides - Nutt.

Common Name Sunflower Wyethia, Sunflower mule-ears
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist or wet meadows at moderate elevations in mountains[60].
Range Western N. America - C. and E. Oregon to Montana.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Wyethia helianthoides Sunflower Wyethia, Sunflower mule-ears


Margaret Williams @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Wyethia helianthoides Sunflower Wyethia, Sunflower mule-ears
Margaret Williams @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Wyethia helianthoides is a PERENNIAL. It is in flower from Jun to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Cultivated Beds.

Moist or wet meadows at moderate elevations in mountains[60].

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked[105, 161]. 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].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Requires a free-draining, gritty but moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are intolerant of drought[200].

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

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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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Wyethia amplexicaulisMulesears Wyethia, Mule-ears31
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Wyethia longicaulisHumboldt Mulesears31
Wyethia mollisWoolly Wyethia, Woolly mule-ears41
Wyethia robusta 10

 

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