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Useful Temperate Plants

Dicoria canescens

A.Gray.

Asteraceae


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General Information

Dicoria canescens is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Southwestern N. America - California to Colorado, Nw Mexico and Baja California.

Habitat

Alkaline soils, desert washes, flats at elevations of 20 - 1700 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

HabitPerennial
Height0.75 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. It is only likely to succeed outdoors where conditions can be made to suit its native desert-like environment[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Edible Uses

The flowers and the seed are ground up and eaten[
216
Title
Ethnobotany of the Hopi
Publication
 
Author
Whiting. A. F.
Publisher
North Arizona Society of Science and Art
Year
1939
ISBN
-
Description
A very good guide the the plant uses of the N. American Hopi Indians.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

We have no knowledge of this species and would suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse in a very well drained compost. Only just cover the seed, but do not allow to dry out. Pot up the seedlings as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow on in the greenhouse for at least a year before planting out in early summer. Consider giving winter protection for at leat the first couple of winters after the plant has been planted out.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2019-11-21. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Dicoria+canescens>

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