Thelesperma megapotamicum - (Spreng.)Kuntze.
Common Name Navajo Tea
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy or rocky prairies and roadsides in Texas[274]. Dry sandy soils in south-western S. Dakota.
Range Western N. America.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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UPDATE: This plant, Thelesperma megapotamicum, was originally named Thelesperma megapotanicum in this database.

Thelesperma megapotamicum Navajo Tea
Thelesperma megapotamicum Navajo Tea
Physical Characteristics
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Thelesperma megapotamicum is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. 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. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Thelesperma megapotanicum

Edible Uses
Flower buds[183]. No more details are given. A tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves and flowering stems[257, 183]. When well made it is delicious, with just a hint of mint in its aftertaste[183].
Medicinal Uses
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The plant has been used in the treatment of children with tuberculosis[257]. An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used as a 'nervous stimulant'[257]. An infusion of the leaves and stems has been used as a treatment for the teeth[257].


Other Uses
A yellow dye is obtained from the flowers[61]. Reddish-brown according to another report[257]. A brown dye is obtained from the leaves and stems[61]. An orange-yellow dye can be obtained from the boiled roots[257].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun[200]. This species is not very hardy outdoors in Britain, usually requiring cold greenhouse treatment[1]. According to one report this species might be no more than a synonym for T. gracile[183].
Seed - sow spring in situ, only just covering the seed. In dry weather the seed should be watered in. Division might be possible.
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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 :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Thelesperma gracileHopi tea greenthread10
Thelesperma trifidumStiff greenthread11


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