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Common Name: Wormseed Mustard
Erysimum cheiranthoides is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
N. America - Newfoundland to New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Missouri, west to the Pacific coast.
Found in many habitats from southern British Columbia to California at elevations of 750 - 3600 metres[
Requires a well-drained soil and a sunny position[
]. Dislikes acid soils[
]. Tolerates poor soils[
A drink made from the crushed seed is used as a vermifuge[
]. It is intensely bitter but has been used on children and expels the worms both by vomit and by excretion[
A decoction of the root has been applied to skin eruptions[
Seed - sow in situ in the spring[
]. Germination should take place within 3 weeks.