Sought-after herb for asthma and other upper respiratory problems.
Rare in commerce, but easy to grow.
Three-foot plants are covered with yellow flowers.
In the center of each flower is a pool of balsamic resin, easily tinctured for medicinal use. Until all herbs were dropped from the official list of prescription drugs, this was prescribed for both asthma and poison oak/ivy.
Gumplant seems to interrupt histamine reactions and soothe overreactive systems. Likes full sun and good drainage. A rare and hard-to-find seed.
BOTANICAL NAME: Grindelia hirsutula
Soak seeds overnight and sow in damp but freely-draining medium in flats, or in place in a sunny, well-drained spot. Any garden soil that is not too acid or wet should do. When plants are 3" high, transplant to 18" apart. Doesn't require much care and is drought-resistant. However, the young plants need regular water to get established. Harvest flowers and top leaves when flowers are half-open and have a pool of resin in the center.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 6-10/Height 3'/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly