Mulesears Wyethia (Wyethia amplexicaulis)

Espeletia amplexicaulis.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mulesears Wyethia
Wyethia amplexicaulis

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots furnish a remedy applied externally as a poultice to bruised and swollen limbs[207, 257].

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[46, 61, 105, 161, 257]. The native North American Indians dug pits in the ground which they lined with large stones. They then burnt a fire on top of the stones until the stones were hot. The roots were placed on these hot stones, sealed in with fern leaves and earth and then fermented for one or two days[94].

    Seed[161, 177, 207, 257]. No more details are given.

    Young shoots[177]. No more details are given.

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse or cold frame in early spring. Use a very freely-draining compost, prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant out into their permanent positions when they are large enough. Careful division of the crown as the plants come into growth in spring[200].
Requires a free-draining, gritty but moisture-retentive soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants are intolerant of drought[200]. Plants are considered to be a pest of grazing ground in N. America and large-scale eradication programmes are carried out[212].
Central and Western N. America.

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