Photo by James Reveal
Lygodesmia grandiflora Nutt.
A sparsely to moderately branched rush like plant, 4-20 inches tall with alternate linear leaves and pink flower heads terminating the branches. Head of ray flower superficially resembles some members of the Pink family. Stems and leaves of Rush Pink exude a milky juice when cut or bruised; the pinks do not. It flowers in May and June. It is located in open, dry places in the valley and foothills up to 2400-2700 mountain elevation. Found in western, eastern, and southern Idaho.
The leaves may be cooked and used as greens or as a flavoring.
The leaves may be chewed to increase the milk flow of lactating mothers. The plant sap has been used to heal the sores caused by sunburn.
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