Whitestem Blazing Star
Herb: Whitestem Blazing Star
Latin name: Mentzelia albicaulis
Family: Loasaceae (Loasa Family)
Medicinal use of Whitestem Blazing Star:A poultice of the crushed, soaked seeds has been applied to burns and also to relieve the pain of toothache.
Description of the plant:
(11 3/4 inch)
Habitat of the herb:Dry, especially sandy soils, in desert valleys and foothills.
Edible parts of Whitestem Blazing Star:Seed - raw or cooked. The oily seed is parched and ground into a meal then mixed with water to make a mush. The seed meal can be kneaded into a seed butter and used as a spread on bread. The minute seeds are much used for food by several native North American Indian tribes.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination should take place within a couple of weeks.
Cultivation of Whitestem Blazing Star:Dry, especially sandy soils, in desert valleys and foothills.
Known hazards of Mentzelia albicaulis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.