Bartonia multiflora Nutt.
Hesperaster multiflorus (Nutt.) Cockerell
Mentzelia lutea Greene
Mentzelia pumila multiflora (Nutt.) Urb. & Gilg
Nuttallia lutea (Greene) Greene
Nuttallia multiflora (Nutt.) Greene
Touterea lutea (Greene) Rydb.
Touterea multiflora (Nutt.) Rydb.
Common Name: Manyflowered Mentzelia
Mentzelia multiflora is an erect, biennial plant with a solitary stem and a candelabra form.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
Western central N. America - Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico
Dry sandy and gravelly places below 2000 metres in creosote bush scrub and deserts in California[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a warm sunny sheltered position[
This species is said to be a perennial in [
], whilst [
] lists it as an annual.
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. They are parched and ground into a meal[
]. This use has not been verified[
The plant is used as a toothache medicine[
The plant is diuretic[
]. The leaves and the roots have been used as a treatment for tuberculosis. It was the strongest TB medicine for the strongest patients[
Seed - sow spring in situ[
]. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks.