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Common Name: Yam Daisy
Microseris nutans is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Western N. America - British Columbia to California, east to South Dakota and Colorado.
Open, rather moist places, from lowland to higher elevations[
]. Various soils, grasslands, brushlands, woodlands and coniferous forests at elevations of 100 - 3000 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in most parts of this country. The plant is very variable in the wild[
]. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
Root - raw[
]. The bitter, milky root juice is eaten raw[
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in early spring in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter, planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring might be possible.