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Gutierrezia sarothrae - (Pursh.)Britton.&Rusby.
                 
Common Name Broomweed, Broom snakeweed
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards In large quantities this plant can be toxic to grazing animals, possibly due to the presence of saponins[212, 274].
Habitats Dry soils of open areas, plains, valleys and foothills[212]. Open or disturbed sites in Texas, often on calcareous soils[274].
Range Western N. America - Manitoba to Montana, south to Texas and California.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Gutierrezia sarothrae Broomweed, Broom snakeweed


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Gutierrezia sarothrae Broomweed, Broom snakeweed
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Physical Characteristics
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Gutierrezia sarothrae is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
G. divaricata. G. juncea.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Antirheumatic;  Astringent;  Cancer;  Cathartic;  Diuretic;  Laxative;  Pectoral;  Sedative;  
Skin;  Stings;  Stomachic.

Broomweed was widely employed medicinally by several native North American Indian tribes who used it to treat a variety of complaints[257]. It is little, if at all, used in modern herbalism. A decoction of the roots has been used in the treatment of painful urination, diarrhoea and stomach aches[257]. The roots have been placed in boiling water and the steam inhaled in the treatment of respiratory complaints[257]. The flowers are laxative[257]. A decoction of the fresh flowers has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea[257]. The leaves are cathartic, febrifuge and sedative[257]. An infusion has been used in the treatment of coughs and colds[257]. It has also been used as a bath to treat fevers and sores, including those caused by venereal diseases[257]. A poultice of the moistened leaves has been used to treat bruises, wounds, sprains, nose bleeds and insect stings[257]. A protein in the plant is reported to have anti-cancer activity[274]. A strong, black infusion of the plant has been used as a rub on rheumatic joints[257].
Other Uses
Broom;  Dye;  Insecticide;  Kindling;  Soap.

The twigs are tied to sticks and used as brooms[61, 257, 274]. The dried twigs were used as a kindling for starting fires[274]. A yellow dye can be made from the plant tops[257]. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a pleasant and refreshing bath[257]. The chewed leaf juice has an intoxication effect on bees and can kill them[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a position in full sun in a deep open well-drained soil[200]. Often found in calcareous soils in the wild[274]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. Plants are sub-shrubs and may die back to the base in winter[200]. Plants have deep taproots and resent root disturbance[200]. They should be planted into their permanent positions as soon as possible. Because it is unpalatable to livestock, this plant is often an indicator of overgrazed land[274]. Plants are strongly aromatic[200].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick the plants out into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle, using deep pots to accommodate the tap root. Grow on for the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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