Galinsoga parviflora - Cav.
Common Name Gallant Soldier
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The plant is considered to be poisonous to goats[272].
Habitats Arable land, waste places, pavements in towns etc[9, 17], often in partial shade[85].
Range S. America. Naturalized in S. Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Galinsoga parviflora Gallant Soldier
Galinsoga parviflora Gallant Soldier
Physical Characteristics
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Galinsoga parviflora is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from May to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Stem.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Drink.

The leaves, stem and flowering shoots - raw or cooked and eaten as a potherb, or added to soups and stews[55, 62, 144, 183]. They can be dried and ground into a powder then used as a flavouring in soups etc[183]. A bland but very acceptable food[85, 144], it makes a fine salad either on its own or mixed with other leaves[9]. The fresh juice can be mixed and drunk with tomato or vegetable juices[183].
Medicinal Uses

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Astringent;  Stings.

When rubbed onto the body, the plant is useful in treating nettle stings[240]. The juice of the plant is applied to treat wounds, It helps to coagulate the blood of fresh cuts and wounds[272].


Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils preferring well-drained conditions and full sun or partial shade.
Seed - sow spring in situ[200]. Germination usually takes place within a month.
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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Phil Sumption   Tue Jul 31 2007

Organic Weed Management website Information on the occurence (UK), biology and management of this plant

Norman Hall   Wed Nov 19 2008
Well known in Colombia, South America, as Guascas. This herb is an essential ingredient of the Bogota chicken and potato stew/ soup known as ajiaco Grows well in NW UK - to the extent it is a persistent weed in my garden. This year it is still flowering (a little) in mid November
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