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Common Name: Grassy Tarweed
Madia gracilis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Western N. America - British Columbia to California.
Open or partially shaded slopes or flats in grasslands, meadows, shrublands, woodlands, and forests, disturbed sites, stream banks, roadsides, coarse to fine textured soils, sea level to 2500m[
Succeeds in any good garden soil[
]. Prefers a deep open sharply drained soil in a sunny position[
Grows well in a sunny position at Kew[
This species is closely related to M. sativa[
The flowers open in the morning or evening, closing when exposed to bright sunlight[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. Although quite small, the seed was a staple food for some native North American Indian tribes[
]. Rich in oil, it can be roasted then ground into a powder and eaten dry, mixed with water, or combined with cereal flours[
]. The seed was also used as piñole[
Seed - sow in mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks.