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Common Name: Wild Quinine
Parthenium integrifolium is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
The plant can cause dermatitis or allergies in sensitive people[
Eastern N. America - Massachusets to Georgia, as far west as Wisconsin and Texas.
Prairies, rock outcrops and roadsides[
] in arid and semi-arid environments[
]. Glades and barrens, prairies, disturbed sites at elevations of 10 - 500 metres[
Requires a position in full sun in a well-drained soil[
A poultice made from the fresh leaves is applied to burns[
The root is used in the treatment of inflammation of the urinary passages and kidneys, amenorrhoea and as a lithontripic[
The flowering tops are used as a substitute for quinine in the treatment of intermittent fevers[
One study suggests that use of the plant might stimulate the immune system[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse. When 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 them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring.