This article has been marked as incomplete and in need of reformatting. Please help us to improve it.

Practical Plants is a community wiki. You can edit this page to improve the quality of the information it contains. To learn how, please read the editing guide.


Edible uses


Root - raw or cooked[1]. A staple food for a number of native North American Indian tribes[1]. The root is usually peeled before being cooked or eaten[1]. It can be dried and ground into a powder and then used to make cakes etc[2][3][4].

Seed - raw or cooked. Very nutritious, they can also be ground into a powder[4] and then used with cereal flours when making bread, cakes etc, or be used as a flavouring in soups etc[1]. The seed is very small, but quite easy to harvest[183, K].

A tea can be made from the leaves, stems and flowers[4].

Unknown part


Material uses

The root has been dried then burnt as a ceremonial incense[1].

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

An infusion of the roots has been used as a general strengthener for a weakened patient[1]. The infusion is also used as a treatment for colds, influenza and bronchitis[1]. The root has been chewed and the juice swallowed as a treatment for sore throats[1].

The root has been eaten by childless couples, especially older people, in order to help them conceive[1]. A poultice made from the boiled root has been used to treat swellings[1].

The leaves have been used as a padding in a child's cradle to encourage it to sleep more[1].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Nothing listed.


Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed can be rather slow to germinate, when sown in the spring it usually takes at least 12 months to germinate. Giving it a period of cold stratification might reduce this time. The seedlings need to be pricked out into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, and should be planted out into their permanent positions in the summer.

Fresh seed can be sown immediately in situ.

Division may be possible in spring or autumn.

Practical Plants is currently lacking information on propagation instructions of Lomatium macrocarpum. Help us fill in the blanks! Edit this page to add your knowledge.


We have almost no 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 much of the country.

It can be assumed that plants will require a dry to moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position. Polymorphic[5].

This is a taxonomically very difficult genus, many of the species now included in it have at times been included in other genera[5].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Lomatium macrocarpum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Lomatium macrocarpum.




None listed.


None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Binomial name
Lomatium macrocarpum
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 PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    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
    x meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? Moerman. D. Native American Ethnobotany Timber Press. Oregon. ISBN 0-88192-453-9 (1998-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. Keigaku Publishing (1976-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Yanovsky. E. Food Plants of the N. American Indians. Publication no. 237. U.S. Depf of Agriculture. ()
    4. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    5. ? Hitchcock. C. L. Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest. University of Washington Press (1955-00-00)

    Facts about "Lomatium macrocarpum"RDF feed
    Article is incompleteYes +
    Article requires citationsNo +
    Article requires cleanupYes +
    Belongs to familyUmbelliferae +
    Belongs to genusLomatium +
    Has binomial nameLomatium macrocarpum +
    Has common nameBigseed Biscuitroot +
    Has drought toleranceIntolerant +
    Has edible partRoot +, Seed + and Unknown part +
    Has edible useUnknown use + and Tea +
    Has fertility typeSelf fertile + and Insects +
    Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
    Has lifecycle typePerennial +
    Has material partUnknown part +
    Has material useIncense +
    Has medicinal partUnknown part +
    Has medicinal useInfertility +, Pectoral +, Poultice +, Sedative + and Tonic +
    Has search namelomatium macrocarpum + and bigseed biscuitroot +
    Has shade toleranceNo shade +
    Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral + and Alkaline +
    Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
    Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
    Has sun preferenceFull sun +
    Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
    Has taxonomy nameLomatium macrocarpum +
    Has water requirementsmoderate +
    Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
    PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
    PFAF edible use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF material use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF medicinal use notes migratedNo +
    PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
    PFAF toxicity notes migratedYes +
    Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
    Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
    Has subobjectThis property is a special property in this wiki.Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum +, Lomatium macrocarpum + and Lomatium macrocarpum +