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Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)
A tall (2' - 7') coarse weed with a
stiff stem and long, dark green lanceolate hairy
leaves. Has a compact rosette head of leaves that,
when flowering, branch out quickly with clusters of
small greenish-white cupped flower heads. The small
(less than 1/4 ") flowers have tiny white rays are
not showy and the disk flowers are numerous and
July to November
Prefers disturbed open places, usually
poor soils such as roadsides, construction sites,
pastures, empty lots and other waste places.
Horseweed is an early colonizer of bare
soil and is usually crowded out by perennials that
become more permanently established. It is native
to the area, and in fact is one of the plants that
have escaped to Europe and paid them back for so
many alien invaders.
Indians and early settlers used a preparation of
its leaves to treat dysentery and sore throat.
Indians also used the tops in their sweat lodges.
The tops were harvested when in full bloom and then
sprinkled on the hot rocks.