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Stanleya elata is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America.
Desert washes and slopes, especially in seleniferous soils, 1300 - 2200 metres in California[
Requires a perfectly drained soil in full sun[
Plants resent root disturbance and so should be put out into their permanent positions whilst small[
Seed - cooked. It is used as a piñole.
Young leaves and stems - cooked[
]. A rather bitter flavour, they are washed with cold and boiling water several times before being eaten in order to reduce this bitterness[
]. This treatment will also remove many of the vitamins and minerals[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Germination should take place within 3 weeks. Pot up into individual pots as soon as the plants are big enough to handle in order to preserve the root system. Plant out in summer.
Division in spring?