Latin name: Ipomopsis aggregata
Synonyms: Gilia aggregata
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
Medicinal use of Skyrocket:The whole plant is cathartic and emetic. The leaves are steeped in hot water until the water turns a bright green, this liquid is taken in small doses as a tonic for the blood. An infusion of the whole plant has been used to treat blood diseases. A decoction has been used as a disinfectant wash on itchy skin. A poultice of the whole plant has been applied to rheumatic joints. An infusion of the roots is used as a laxative and in the treatment of high fevers, colds.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Dry rocky slopes in sagebrush, scrub and clearings in pine forests to 3000 metres in California.
Edible parts of Skyrocket:The plant has been boiled up as a tea. The nectar is sucked from the flowers by children.
Other uses of the herb:The plant is reported to contain saponins and so could possibly be used as a soap substitute. A decoction of the plant has been used as a face and hair wash by adolescent girls. The whole plant has been boiled up to make a glue.
Propagation of Skyrocket:Seed - sow spring in situ.
Cultivation of the herb:Dry rocky slopes in sagebrush, scrub and clearings in pine forests to 3000 metres in California.
Known hazards of Ipomopsis aggregata:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.