Maybe not the prettiest, but blooming for incredibly long period from late spring to late fall. Very tolerant to drought and salt! Attractive to many native bees, honey bees, syrphid flies and butterflies.
Seeds provide food for small birds.
Medicinal plant used by Native Americans, early settlers and recently homeopathy.
Hot candidate for dry pollinator gardens and coastal gardens.
Blooming Time: late spring till frosts
Size: erect clumps about 3' tall x 1.5' wide, reddish stems and glasping leaves. "Sticky-gummy" buds and calyxes
USDA Zones: 6 to 9
Culture: full sun, dry and any well drained soil (alkaline, acidic, saline, neutral, sandy, rocky, gritty, gravelly). Great for very poor and lean soils. In rich soils may have tendencies to flop or be shorter-lived.
Moisture Needs: dry, average, can grow in moist places (but will be hardy in moist soil only in mild areas)
Origin: native wildflower in California and Nevada, secondary native to Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachussets
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: yes / yes
Attracts Hummingbirds: no
Plant Combinations: For pollinator gardens, pollinator or butterfly gardens, coastal garden, xeriscape, restoration on highly alkaline or saline soils. Good with narrow-leaved Echinacea, Achillea, Agastache, Amsonia, summer blooming Allium, Asclepias tuberosa, Aster, Baptisia, Calamintha, Coreopsis, Gaura, Knautia, Liatris, Monarda, Nepeta, Oenothera, Penstemons, Platycodon (taller ones), Rudbeckia, Salvia and Salvia nemorosa hybrids, tall Sedum, Solidago, Stachys, Vernonia lettermannii, taller Veronica, Yucca, and grasses like Bouteloa, Muhlenbergia, Sporobolus, Schizachyrium scoparium, Sorghastrum or Panicum.
Medicinal use : "Native Americans regarded Great Valley gumweed as a useful medicinal plant for a variety of treatments, including respiratory and dermatological afflictions. The Costanoan Indians boiled leaves and flower heads of gumweed for healing dermatitis caused by poison oak, and for wounds, burns, boils, and sores (Bocek, 1984; Foster, 2002). The Kawaiisu people used a similar decoction as a general analgesic and orthopedic aid, applying the plant material to their sore muscles (Zigmond, 198; Foster 2002), and Miwok Indians used fresh, resinous buds as a treatment for blood disorders (Merriam, 1966). These Native American remedies were so effective that many were adopted by early physicians of Western medicine in California (Foster, 2002)." Plants, USDA
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
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