Herbs & Plants

Hymenoxys hoopesii

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Botanical Name : Hymenoxys hoopesii
Family :Asteraceae – Aster family
Genus : Hymenoxys Cass. – rubberweed
Species: Hymenoxys hoopesii (A. Gray) Bierner – owl’s-claws
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division : Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales

Hymenoxys hoopesii (A. Gray) Bierner ,   DUHO Dugaldia hoopesii (A. Gray) Rydb.,     HEHO5  Helenium hoopesii A. Gray

Common Name : Herb of the Wolf ,Sneezeweed,Helenium,Dugaldia

Habitat :Hymenoxys hoopesii is native to the western United States, where it grows in habitats of moderate elevation, such as mountain meadows.

Hymenoxys hoopesii  is an erect perennial herb approaching a meter in maximum height, with smooth-edged leaves oval on the lower stem and lance-shaped toward the top. The inflorescence bears several flower heads on erect peduncles, each lined with a base of hairy, pointed phyllaries. The flower head has a center of disc florets fringed with many orange or yellow ray florets up to 3.5 centimeters long. The fruit is an achene with a pappus of scales.


The round, deep yellow flower heads with rays hanging around the edge distinguish. The heads of some species are much smaller, and the way their leaves are arrayed along the stem varies.

Medicinal Uses:
Pains due to rheumatism or pulmonary diseases are treated by rubbing with the dried, ground roots.  A tea made by boiling the roots has been used to treat stomachache and diarrhea, and to eliminate intestinal worms.  A snuff made from the crushed blossoms and the leaves of Psoralidium lanceolatum has been inhaled in the treatment of headaches and hay fever.

Preparations made from the root of this plant have been used to treat rheumatic pains, stomach disorders, and, in infants, colic and diarrhea.

Known Hazards: Allergic irritation caused by the pollen.

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.


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