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Common Name: Paint Indian
Lithospermum canescens is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.15 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Eastern N. America - Ontario to Georgia, west to Saskatchewan and Texas.
Dry or sandy open woods, prairies etc[
Requires a warm sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained lime-free sandy soil[
The roots have been chewed with gum in order to colour the gum red[
The flowers have been chewed with gum in order to colour it yellow[
A tea made from the leaves is applied externally in the treatment of fevers accompanied by spasms[
A red dye is obtained from the root[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. It is best sown in a soilless medium[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.