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Common Name: Clustered Tarweed
Deinandra fasciculata is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.90 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - California and Baja California.
Grasslands, openings in chaparral, coastal scrub, and woodlands, vernal pool beds, disturbed sites (e.g., burns), often in sandy or clayey soils, sometimes serpentine from sea level to 1000 m[
We have very little information on this plant and do not know if it will succeed in Britain, though it is worthwhile trying it outdoors as a spring-sown annual.
Plant - boiled[
]. A famine food, only used when other foods are not available[
]. The whole plant, including the seeds, is used as a famine food[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ in late spring or early summer, only just covering the seed and ensuring that it does not dry out. Covering the seed with a sheet of glass may help germination.