Bastard Toad-Flax
Comandra umbellata  Nutt.

A perennial plant with underground stems that rise to form small clones. Stems are numerous from a horizontal, branching rootstalk, 6 to 18 inches tall, usually branched and leafy.  Leaves are oblong or oblong lanceolate, pale green and pointed at each end, 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long, the lower ones smaller. There are numerous clusters of white to greenish flowers top the stems. Each five-lobed flower is only about three-sixteenths of an inch long.  The plant is located in dry fields and thickets, especially sandy soil. in a wide range of habitats, up to about 3,200 feet in the mountains.  Requires a well-drained moisture retentive lime-free soil. It blooms from April to August and  is found throughout most of the country.

Food: Though small, the fruits have a sweet taste and were consumed by Native Americans during times of want.

Medicinal Uses:
An infusion of the leaves has been used to treat lung pains and laboured breathing caused by a cold or other illness. The juice of the plant has been applied externally to treat cuts and sores.

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