Helenium amarum

Botanical Name : Helenium amarum
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Helenieae
Genus: Helenium
Species: H. amarum
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asterales

Common Names:yellowdicks, yellow sneezeweed, and bitter sneezeweed

Habitat :Helenium amarum is native to much of the southeastern United States and northern Mexico, and it is present elsewhere in North America as an introduced species.

Description:
Helenium amarum is a multibranched bushy erect plant reaching 20 to 70 centimeters in height and thickly foliated in narrow to threadlike leaves. The tops of stem branches hold inflorescences of many daisylike flower heads. Each head has a rounded center of golden yellow disc florets and a fringe of usually lighter yellow ray florets which are reflexed away from the center. The fruit is a tiny achene about a millimeter long. This herb is weedy in some areas. The plant is somewhat toxic to mammals and insects due to the presence of the lactone tenulin.

Medicinal Uses:
The plant has been used to cause sneezing and thus clear the nasal passages of mucus.  A decoction of the entire plant can be used in a sweat bath to treat dropsy and swellings.  It is also a strong fish poison

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helenium_amarum
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm
http://www.sbs.utexas.edu/bio406d/images/pics/ast/helenium_amarum.htm

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