Mountain Tansy Mustard (Descurainia incana)

Annual/Biennial
D. richardsonii. (Sw.)Schulz. Sophia incisa.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mountain Tansy Mustard
Descurainia incana
Cruciferae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant has been used as a lotion for parts of the body that have become frozen in the cold and also as a lotion for sore throats[257]. No more information is given, but it is likely that the crushed seed was used for this since, being similar to mustard, it will probably have a rubefacient effect upon the skin, drawing more blood to that area of the body and thereby heating it[K].

    The plant is mashed and applied to bad cuts[257].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked. A bitter taste[85].

    Seed – raw or cooked[46, 105]. The seed can be used as a mustard substitute in soups, stews etc. It can be roasted, ground into a powder then mixed with water to make a fine batter and drunk[257]. The seed is also ground into a meal and mixed with cereal flours when making bread, or as a thickening for soups etc[61, 85].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in situ.
We have almost no information on this species but since it is a casual in Britain there should be no problems in cultivating it here and it is probably not too fussy about soil or situation. We suggest growing it in a dry to moist soil in a sunny position. There is some confusion as to the correct name for this species with some authorities using the name D. richardsonii.
Western N. America. A casual in Britain[17].

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