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Edible uses


A gum obtained from the root is used for chewing[1][2][3][4].

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Material uses

The plant is a source of latex, used in making rubber[1][2][3]. There is no commercially viable method of extracting it as yet[5]. This species has been identified as one of the more promising species from western N. America for the production of biocrude (hydrocarbon and hydrocarbon-like chemical fraction of plants which may be extracted by organic solvents and upgraded to liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks). Finding the cyclohexane extract to be 15.1%, the ethanol extract 20.8%, McLaughlin and Hoffmann (1982) calculated 13.2 kBTU/lb. in the extractables, a biomass yield of ca 4.5 MT/ha or 12.5 bbls, at a per barrel cost of $50.00 or $13.10/million BTU[6].

The leaves have been used as a sanitary towel, especially after childbirth[4]. A green dye is obtained from the bark[7]. A yellow-gold dye is obtained from the flowers[3][7]. The growing plant repels insects[8].

The cottony fruiting heads are used as a stuffing material for pillows etc[8].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

A decoction of the twigs has been used in the treatment of toothaches, coughs and chest pains[4].

An infusion of the flowering stems has been used in the treatment of colds and TB[4]. An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used to treat colds, diarrhoea, stomach cramps etc[4]. It has also been used externally as a wash for sores and skin eruptions, especially smallpox[4]. The plant shows slight bactericidal activity[6].

In small doses, the extracts lowered the blood pressure briefly in rabbits. In large doses, the fall in blood pressure was pronounced, accompanied by circulatory and respiratory failure[6].

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Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in spring in a greenhouse and only just covering the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in sand in a frame[9].

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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. This species thrives on poor soils and so is an indication that the land is poor, has been allowed to erode, has been overgrazed or in other ways neglected[5]. It is also reported to tolerate alkaline conditions, drought, heavy clays and poor soils[6]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.

Requires a sunny position and prefers a well-drained sandy soil[10][11]. Plants do not require a rich soil[11]. They tolerate alkaline soils[9].

The sub-species C. nauseosus ssp.. consimilis, is characteristic of sites with highly saline soils[6].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Chrysothamnus nauseosus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Salinity
  • Drought
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
2 x meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  2. ? Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  3. ? Saunders. C. F. Edible and Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada. Dover Publications ISBN 0-486-23310-3 (1976-00-00)
  4. ? Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
  5. ? Craighead. J., Craighead. F. and Davis. R. A Field Guide to Rocky Mountain Wildflowers The Riverside Press ISBN 63-7093 (1963-00-00)
  6. ? Duke. J. Handbook of Energy Crops - (1983-00-00)
  7. ? Grae. I. Nature's Colors - Dyes from Plants. MacMillan Publishing Co. New York. ISBN 0-02-544950-8 (1974-00-00)
  8. ? Turner. N. J. Plants in British Columbian Indian Technology. British Columbia Provincial Museum ISBN 0-7718-8117-7 (1979-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.1 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  10. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.1 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  12. ? Hitchcock. C. L. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press (1955-00-00)

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