Herbs & Plants

Ipomopsis congesta

Botanical Name: Ipomopsis congesta
Family: Polemoniaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Ericales
Genus: Ipomopsis
Species:I. congesta

Synonyms : Gilia congesta
Common Name: Ballhead ipomopsis

Habitat: Ipomopsis congesta is native to South-western N. America – Oregon to California, eastwards to North Dakota and West Nebraska. It grows on dry open slopes, lowland to high elevations.

Ipomopsis congesta is a perennial flowering plant which varies in appearance, especially across subspecies and climates. It may take the form of a squat patch with stems under 10 centimeters in height or a more erect form up to 30 centimeters tall. The stems are often hairy to woolly. The thick leaves are usually fork-shaped with a number of clawlike lobes and 1 to 4 centimeters long. The flowers appear in a rounded, dense cluster atop the stem. Each flower is bell-shaped to funnel-shaped and white with a pale yellow throat and protruding yellow or white stamens. There are several subspecies, many of which were formerly considered species of Gilia.


Cultivation: Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Propagation: Through seeds.

Medicinal Uses: Very good tonic is made from this plant.

Other Uses: Flowers are very beautiful when it blooms in the flower garden.

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