Hesperaster pumila (Torr. & A.Gray) Cockerell
Nuttallia pumila (Torr. & A.Gray) Greene
Touterea pumila (Torr. & A.Gray) Rydb.
Common Name: Dwarf Blazingstar
Mentzelia pumila is a biennial plant with an erect, caldelabra-like form.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine.
Western N. America - Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
Hillside slopes, sandy and clayey soils; at elevations from 1,100 - 2,500 metres[
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained soil in a warm sunny sheltered position[
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 root is laxative[
]. It is dried, ground into a powder and inserted as a suppository in the rectum to treat constipation[
Seed - sow spring in situ[
]. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks.