Parosela lasianthera Rydb.
Parosela lasiathera (A.Gray) A.Heller
Common Name: Purple Dalea
Dalea lasiathera is a low-growing, perennial plant with several to many decumbent stems radiating from a forking orange root with a woody caudex[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Southern N. America - Texas, northern Mexico
Stony plains and hillsides, mesquite savannah, commonly on limestone,; mostly at elevations from 160 - 1,550 metres[
Root - raw[
]. Chewed as a snack, especially by children, and greatly enjoyed[
Flowers - used as a flavouring[
]. Crushed by hand and sprinkled on a stew after cooking[
Seed - sow in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed has a hard seedcoat and benefits from scarification before sowing in order to speed up and improve germination. This can usually be done by pouring a small amount of nearly boiling water on the seeds (being careful not to cook them!) and then soaking them for 12 - 24 hours in warm water. By this time they should have imbibed moisture and swollen - if they have not, then carefully make a nick in the seedcoat (being careful not to damage the embryo) and soak for a further 12 hours before sowing. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer[