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Common Name: American Pipeweed
Eriogonum inflatum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Southwestern N. America - Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, N.Mexico, Utah and Mexico.
Sandy to gravelly washes, flats, and slopes, mixed grassland, saltbush, creosote bush, mesquite, and sagebrush communities, pinyon and/or juniper woodlands at elevations of-30 - 1800 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. The notes below are based on the needs of other members of this genus.
Requires a loose lean gritty well-drained soil in a very sunny position[
]. Succeeds in dry soils. Tolerates exposed positions[
]. Requires some protection from winter wet[
Established plants resent root disturbance[
Young leaves and stems - raw or cooked[
]. Eaten before flowering[
]. Most commonly harvested just after emerging through the ground in spring[
Seed - pounded into a powder and eaten dry or mixed with water[
The plant is used as a lotion for bear and dog bites[
The hollow stems can be cut at each end and used as drinking tubes[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a sandy compost in a greenhouse. Sow stored seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse[
]. As soon as they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in early spring[
]. This has to be done with care because the plant resents root disturbance[
]. Try to obtain divisions from around the edges of the plants without digging up the whole clump. Tease the divisions out with as much root on them as possible and pot them up. Grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse until they are rooting well and plant them out in the summer.
Cuttings of greenwood with a heel in the summer[