Feb. 22, 2021

lobeleaf groundsel, Packera multilobata

So many Packeras, so little time. There are about 54 of them with us. Trock in FNA notes that species boundaries are imprecise. P. multilobata is enough different with its lobes that it can be more easily identified. And it is widespread enough to be easily found. So of course it was used for medicine. Note that any actual eficacy is not so much a factor. The Navajo and Yavapai people used it to try to treat colds, pain, sores, stomach aches and sore noses. Lobeleaf groundsel grows in AZ, CA, CO, ID, NM, NV, UT, and WY. Summit Co CO, 6/16/13. Aster family, Asteraceae.