Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Spiderflower, Stinking Clover"
Grows on prairies and prairie remnants from Indiana westward as far Washington and Arizona.
Pink or white flowers bloom from May to September.
|Soil Moisture||Mesic, Dry Mesic|
|Bloom Time||Summer |
|Max Height||4 feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||150|
|Seeds Per Ounce||2,600|
Edible Uses: Young shoots, leaves and flowers are cooked and used as potherbs. The plants were gathered and, after removing an alkaline taste, were eaten with cornmeal porridge. The plant smells like a skunk, but it was an important potherb for the native North American Indians and the early European settlers in America. Seed - raw or cooked. It can be dried and ground into a meal then used as a mush or mixed with flour to make bread etc. Seedpods - cooked.
The hardened cakes of dyestuff can be soaked in hot water and then eaten fried.
Medicinal Uses: An infusion of the plant is drunk in the treatment of fevers and stomach disorders. A poultice made from the pounded, soaked leaves has been applied to sore eyes.
Other Uses: A black dye is obtained by boiling down the whole plant. It is used as a paint for decorating pottery. The young plants are harvested in mid-summer, boiled well in water, the woody parts of the plant are removed and the decoction is boiled again until it becomes thick and turns black. This thick liquid is then poured onto a board to dry in cakes and can be kept for an indefinite period. When needed it is soaked in hot water until the correct consistency for paint is achieved. A decoction of the leaves has been used as a body and shoe deodorant.
Herbal Use: Unknown