Gumweed (Grindelia) (Grindelia integrifolia), packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Hardy to Zones 6 to 10
Bushy herbaceous perennial to 3 feet tall. Native to the mountains and deserts of western North America. This plant thrives roadside, in sandy areas seasonally flooded, in grasslands on dry slopes, in waste places, rock garden, or regular garden soil outside the reach of sprinkler. Sand mulch for best results. In colder zones, may be grown as an annual, or may become perennial, dying back to the root. If your zone is too cold to support overwintering, be reassured that this is a reasonably dependable self-seeder. In warmer zones, the plant will produce a thick, rubbery, perennial stem that may be crowned by a rosette of green leaves, and gives rise, in season, to more stems, followed by soft green cauldrons of resin giving way to the bright golden yellow flowers, flattened, about the size of quarters, which then in turn give way to the seedheads. Traditional usage (TWM): asthma, poison oak and ivy. Plant prefers full sun and dryish, well-drained soils. Sow seeds in spring. Use fast-draining mix, or direct seed. Barely cover seed with soil and tamp well, then keep warm, in the light and evenly moist until germination, which takes about three weeks, quicker or slower depending on soil temperature. Individuate to pots and transplant, or thin to 1 to 2 feet apart.
30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown