Herb: Winged Pigweed
Latin name: Cycloloma atriplicifolium
Synonyms: Kochia atriplicifolia
Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
Medicinal use of Winged Pigweed:The plant has been used in the treatment of fevers, rheumatism and headaches.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy soils in deserts. Along the sides of streams and on banks.
Edible parts of Winged Pigweed:Seed - cooked. It is very small but was used as a staple food by several native North American Indian tribes. It can be ground into a powder and mixed with wheat or other cereals and used in making bread etc. It can also be used as a gruel.
Other uses of the herb:A pink dye is obtained from the seed.
Propagation of Winged Pigweed:Seed - we have no information on this plant but suggest sowing the seed in situ in April or May.
Cultivation of the herb:Sandy soils in deserts. Along the sides of streams and on banks.
Known hazards of Cycloloma atriplicifolium:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.