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Common Name: Skyrocket
Ipomopsis aggregata is a Biennial/Perennial up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Western N. America - Oregon to California to Texas, north to N. Dakota.
Dry rocky slopes in sagebrush, scrub and clearings in pine forests to 3000 metres in California[
Requires a well-drained dry soil in sun or partial shade[
]. Requires a light very well drained fertile soil in full sun[
Plants are cold-hardy to about -15°c[
], but they are susceptible to rot in areas with wet winters[
]. It is best to cover the plants with a pane of glass in wet winter areas[
] and short-lived perennial or biennial species[
A polymorphic species[
The leaves have a musky scent[
]. The crushed leaves smell like a skunk[
The plant has been boiled up as a tea[
The nectar is sucked from the flowers by children[
The whole plant is cathartic and emetic[
The leaves are steeped in hot water until the water turns a bright green, this liquid is taken in small doses as a tonic for the blood[
An infusion of the whole plant has been used to treat blood diseases[
]. A decoction has been used as a disinfectant wash on itchy skin[
A poultice of the whole plant has been applied to rheumatic joints[
An infusion of the roots is used as a laxative and in the treatment of high fevers, colds[
The plant is reported to contain saponins[
] and so could possibly be used as a soap substitute[
]. A decoction of the plant has been used as a face and hair wash by adolescent girls[
The whole plant has been boiled up to make a glue[
Seed - sow spring in situ[