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Thelesperma filifolium is a Annual/Biennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
Central and Southern N. America - South Dakota, Missouri and Nebraska to Colorado, Texas and Mexico.
Calcareous barrens and plains[
]. Dry soils[
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[
There is some confusion over this name. According to the Flora of North America[
], the name Thelesperma trifidum (Poir.)Britton. has often been misapplied to T. filifolium. T. trifidum does not appear in the Flora of North America, but T. filifolium does and the description, range etc given to T. trifidum are the same as those for T. filifolium[
]. Therefore, although all our records of use are given for T. trifidum, we have moved them to T. filifolium[
A tea is made from the leaves[
The plant has been used in the treatment of children with tuberculosis[
Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. In dry weather the seed should be watered in.