Desmanthus illinoensis, Illinois Bundle Flower
The Pawnee Nation was reported to use decoctions of leaves to wash rashes and itchy areas. Mature plants with seed-filled pods were given to children as rattles to mimic dances.
The Ponca Nation was known to have used the mature seed pods as rattles for children.
Seed pods of D. illinoensis are highly attractive to bids and the foliage is considered palatable and nutritious for wildlife. The seed pods are also high in nutrients and as a result, we often include a few D. illinoensis in restoration and garden plantings.