Ipomopsis aggregata - (Pursh.)V.E.Grant.
Common Name Skyrocket, Scarlet gilia
Family Polemoniaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry rocky slopes in sagebrush, scrub and clearings in pine forests to 3000 metres in California[187].
Range Western N. America - Oregon to California to Texas, north to N. Dakota.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Ipomopsis aggregata Skyrocket,  Scarlet gilia

Ipomopsis aggregata Skyrocket,  Scarlet gilia
Physical Characteristics
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Ipomopsis aggregata is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.3 m (1ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Gilia aggregata. (Pursh.)Spreng.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Nectar.
Edible Uses: Tea.

The plant has been boiled up as a tea[257]. The nectar is sucked from the flowers by children[257].
Medicinal Uses

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Cathartic;  Disinfectant;  Emetic;  Skin;  Tonic.

The whole plant is cathartic and emetic[61, 257]. The leaves are steeped in hot water until the water turns a bright green, this liquid is taken in small doses as a tonic for the blood[207, 257]. An infusion of the whole plant has been used to treat blood diseases[257]. A decoction has been used as a disinfectant wash on itchy skin[257]. A poultice of the whole plant has been applied to rheumatic joints[257]. An infusion of the roots is used as a laxative and in the treatment of high fevers, colds[257].


Other Uses
Adhesive;  Disinfectant;  Soap.

The plant is reported to contain saponins[212] and so could possibly be used as a soap substitute[K]. A decoction of the plant has been used as a face and hair wash by adolescent girls[257]. The whole plant has been boiled up to make a glue[257].
Cultivation details
Requires a well-drained dry soil in sun or partial shade[187]. Requires a light very well drained fertile soil in full sun[200]. Plants are cold-hardy to about -15°c[187], but they are susceptible to rot in areas with wet winters[260]. It is best to cover the plants with a pane of glass in wet winter areas[260]. A slow-growing[188] and short-lived perennial or biennial species[187]. A polymorphic species[60]. The leaves have a musky scent[187]. The crushed leaves smell like a skunk[212].
Seed - sow spring in situ[200].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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