MACHAERANTHERA tanacetifolia (Prairie Aster)

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Machaeranthera Tanacetifolia is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names ‘Tansyleaf Tansyaster’ and ‘Tahoka Daisy’. It is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern and central United States, where it grows in several types of habitat. The roots of the plant were used...
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Machaeranthera Tanacetifolia is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names ‘Tansyleaf Tansyaster’ and ‘Tahoka Daisy’. It is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern and central United States, where it grows in several types of habitat. The roots of the plant were used in soups and young leaves were cooked lightly and used as greens. The Iroquois people combined aster with bloodroot and other medicinal plants to make a laxative. The ferny foliage produces bright blue and purple blooms.

Number of Seeds Max Coverage Area (Square Ft.)
0.5OZ 12,500 250
1OZ 25,000 500
1/4LB 100,000 2,000
1/2LB 200,000 4,000
1LB 400,000 8,000
5LB 2,000,000 40,000

Scientific Name: Machaeranthera Tanacetifolia 

Common Name: Prairie Aster

Plant Type: Perennial

Family: Asteraceae or Daisy Family 

Native Range: Central and Western North America 

Height: 12-18 "

Spread: 8 " wide 

Habitat: Dry-mesic Prairies and Savannas

Zone: USDA Hardiness 3-10

Exposure: Full Sun/Half Shade  

Blooming Season: Late Spring to Fall 

Attracts: Butterflies, Birds Bees

Resistant: Deer Resistant   

Flower Color: Bright Blue-purple or lavender with yellow center 

Moisture: Moderate

Water Requirement: Low water requirement 

Soil Type: Moist but well-drained 

Soil pH:  5.1-6.5 pH

Uses: Hopi (Gynecological Aid), Decoction of plant as strong stimulant, Gastrointestinal Aid

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