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Common Name: Coastal Tidytips
Layia platyglossa is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
South-western N. America - California and Baja California.
Open, often grassy slopes or flats, disturbed sites, often on sandy or clayey soil, sometimes serpentine from sea level to 2000 metres[
A fast-growing plant[
], it succeeds in ordinary garden soils[
] and also in poor soils[
]. It requires a very well-drained soil[
], preferring to grow on a dry sunny bank[
A frost tender annual, it does not thrive in areas with hot humid summers[
Seed - cooked. It can be used as a piñole[
], or can be ground into a powder and used with other ground seeds in a mush or porridge[
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer.
Alternatively, if you have sufficient seed it is possible to sow in situ during mid spring.