Polanisia dodecandra, Redwhisker Clammyweed


Historical Uses: The Peublo tribe was reported to use a sub species (ssp. trachysperma), in multiple ways, as a part of their diet. They boiled, pressed, and rolled young plants into balls to dry and store for winter use.  They also were used as an ingredient in soups, boiled and eaten raw has salad greens.  The Isleta (New Mexico) dried the leaves and rolled with corn husks for ceremonial cigarettes.

  • Listing ID: 1186
  • Duration: Annual
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 1-2
  • Stratification: 30 days cold moist stratification
  • Bloom Time: June-September
  • Family: Capparaceae
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Polanisia dodecandra
  • Common Name: Redwhisker Clammyweed
  • Eco-Region: 255