Asteraceae / Aster
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Lore: The Navajo used plant tea to kill ants and there are records ot the plant being used to kill head lice. The sap has been used as glue and chewing gum.
Medical Uses: The very closely related Grindelia squarrosa is considered an antispasmodic, expectorant and a sedative.(Plants For A Future) Native Americans of the western U. S. made use of plants in this genus for a vast range of conditions from skin rashes to lung ailments. Just a few of the conditions it was used for are; cuts, skin diseases, coughs, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, colic or stomachaches, tuberculosis, gonorrhea and as an abortifacient.(Native American Ethnobotany Database) I know of no scientific testing to validate any of these uses.
Curlycup Gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa) is a very similar western species sometimes found in our area. It has
more flower rays, 24-40, per head and wider leaves.
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves