Lobed Cudweed

(Artemisia ludoviciana) A North American species, useful to the Indians; the seeds are edible, and used to form part of their normal diet (Yanovsky). And it formed the basis of a number of medicines - the leaf tea would be taken for tonsilitis and sore throat. The Meskwaki used the leaves as a poultice to put on old sores (H H Smith. 1928). In the same way, the Comanche used the leaves for insect and spider bites (D E Jones). The Paiute stuffed wads of the fresh plant into the nostrils to stop a nosebleed, and Paiute women took a strong tea to help delivery (Youngken).

Lobelia cardinalis > CARDINAL FLOWER

Lobelia inflata > INDIAN TOBACCO

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