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Wyethia longicaulis - A.Gray.

Common Name Humboldt Mulesears
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open woods and exposed ridges, 800 - 1500 metres[71].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Full sun
Wyethia longicaulis Humboldt Mulesears


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Wyethia longicaulis Humboldt Mulesears

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Wyethia longicaulis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in). 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: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Seed - cooked. It can be used as a piñole or can be ground into a powder and used with cereals in making bread etc[105, 161, 257]. Young leaves and stems - raw or cooked[105, 161, 257]. Root - cooked[46, 61]. The N. 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 before being eaten[94].

Medicinal Uses



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Ophthalmic;  Poultice;  Salve;  Stomachic.

A decoction of the roots has been used in the treatment of stomach aches[257]. Externally, it can be used as a wash in the treatment of headaches and as a wash for inflamed and sore eyes[257]. A poultice of the baked roots has been applied to rheumatic joints[257]. A poultice of the dried powdered roots has been applied to burns and running sores[257].

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 at least in the milder 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].

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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

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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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
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Wyethia helianthoidesSunflower Wyethia, Sunflower mule-ears30
Wyethia mollisWoolly Wyethia, Woolly mule-ears41
Wyethia robusta 10

 

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