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Grindelia camporum  Greene


Botanical Name


Grindelia camporum Greene

English Name


Grindelia, Hardy grindelia, Gum plant, Gum weed, California gum plant, Scaly grindelia, Rosin weed, Wild sunflower.



Grindelia robusta Nutt.





General Info


Glabrous herb, 0.5-1.2 m high; stems few, erect from a + woody crown, stout, usually branching above. Leaves with margins sharply to finely toothed or often entire; basal leaves oblanceolate, 4-18 cm long, 10-30 mm wide, apex obtuse to acute, petiolate; cauline leaves much reduced, ovate to lanceolate to linear-oblong, broadly stem-clasping. Heads hemispherical, 2-5 cm diam., often translucent-resinous; involucral bracts oblong-ovate, resinous. Ray florets 15-45; ligule 8-15 mm long, yellow. Achenes + 4-angled, 2-3.5 mm long; pappus of several smooth awns.

Herb Effects

Antiasthmatic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, expectorant and sedative (dried leaves and flowering tops).


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Medicinal Use

The plant is used in the treatment for bronchial asthma and for states where phlegm in the airways impedes respiration. It desensitizes the nerve endings in the bronchial tree and slow the heart rate, thus leading to easier breathing. It is also used to treat edema, whooping cough and cystitis. Externally, the plant is used to treat burns, poison ivy rash, dermatitis, eczema and skin eruptions.


Contraindicated for patients with kidney or heart complaints.


James A Duke and Maryl Fulton. Handbook of Medicinal Herbs - 2nd Edition, P: 783, CRC Press July 2002.



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