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DESMANTHUS ILLINOENSIS | Illinois Bundleflower

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Product Description

Illinois Bundleflower, Illinois Acacia, Prairie Mimosa, Pickle-weed"

Common, almost weedy in disturbed prairies, pastures and sandy thickets. Averages 3 feet but can reach 5 feet or more with ideal conditions. Blooms from June through August, most intensely in July.

Desmanthus from the Greek words desme, meaning "a bundle" and anthos, meaning "flower". Illinoensis meaning "of Illinois".

Sun Exposure               Prairie
Soil Moisture Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Bloom Time Summer
July, August
Bloom Color Yellow
Max Height 5 feet
Wetland Code UPL
Germ Code  A,H,I
Seeds Per Packet  250
Seeds Per Ounce   4,200


Edible Uses: Seed - cooked. Rich in protein but without much flavour. The seedpods are about 25mm long and contain 3 - 5 small seeds. They are freely borne in the plants native environment, but will have to be very freely produced in this country if it is to be a worthwhile crop.

Medicinal Uses: A leaf tea has been used in the treatment of itchy skin. Five seeds have been placed in the eye at night and washed out in the morning to treat trachom.

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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