Mar. 12, 2018

wild quinine, Parthenium integrifolium

The interesting little flowers of wild quinine are about a third of an inch across. But they grow in large flat bunches on top of plants around four feet tall. It's a little surprising they don't show up more often in gardens. They do show up in planted prairie restorations, as was the case with these. Wild quinine was an occasional medicine for pioneers and the Catawba Indians, but it was not, as the name implies, used for malaria. It grows in AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD(E), MI, MN(E), MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, PA(X), SC, TN, TX, VA, WI(T), and WV. 8/21/11, Lenawee Co MI.