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Eriogonum jamesii also known as James’ buckwheat and Antelope sage – a perennial herb

Image of Eriogonum Jamesii plant from Google

Eriogonum jamesii which is also known as James’ buckwheat and Antelope sage belongs to wild buckwheat species and to the family Polygonaceae. This is a perennial herb that can grow up to a height of 25cm or 91/4 inch. It is native to southwestern North America (Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico). It has cotton inflorescence and forms mounds upon growth. The flowers are white in color with red colored anthers and the leaves are hairy and lanceolate. The flowers bloom from August to September.

It is found in dry and rocky slopes, and shale mesas. This is an herb and has medicinal uses as a contraceptive, as a cardiac medicine, to treat despondency and for stomach ache treatment. The infusion is used for washing eyes that are sore and it is sometimes chewed to sweeten the saliva. This herb is used to make a decoction that is used by women during mensuration. This herb is also given when women go into labour to ease the pain and for easy delivery.

Growing conditions for Eriogonum Jamesii
– Sow the seeds in autumn.
– This plant needs full sun and so select such a location.
– It grows in hardy zones of 7-11.
– This herb needs well drained soil.
– Add sandy compost in a greenhouse and sow the seeds.
– The seeds emerge seedlings and this is when prick the seedlings and transplant them in pots.
– Transplant them in late spring or early summer.
– Plants can be divided in early spring.
– Grow the plants in light shade until they root well.
– Plant them outside in summer.
– If cuttings are taken, plant in summer.
– Water this plant on alternate days for a week.
– This plant likes dry conditions.
– Pinch off the top of the stem to ensure new growth after 4 weeks.

Care for Eriogonum Jamesii:
– This perennial herb needs gritty well-drained soil.
– The perennial needs sunny position.
– It tolerates dry soils.
– Do not disturb the root once the plants are established.
– Fertilize this wormwood using liquid or general fertilizer every spring.
– Mulch the plant around to about 2-3 inches.
– Prune the shrub periodically for encouraging new growth.
– Add compost while planting.
– This plant needs about an hour of sunshine minimum daily.
– Prune the old leaves in the fall season.

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