Hymenopappus tenuifolius by Riley


Hymenopappus tenuifolius. © 2008 1sagebrush18

Lakota name: Śuηkhú śtipiye
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Scientific name: Hymenopappus tenuifolius Pursh

Common name: Chalk-hill woolly white

Use as a medicinal plant by the Lakota or any other culture: Made into a tea and used as salve (medical ointment) for horse hooves (Moerman 1998).

Description: Stands about a meter tall, has multiple yellow flowers and has other protective petioles, forbs/herbs.

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Hymenopappus tenuifolius. Image courtesy  USDA Plants Database

Flowering: It can take 4+ years to flower in some cases.

South Dakota Distribution: Southern prairies in the state. 

North American Distribution: Throughout the Midwest including SD, ND, CO, WY,KS, NE, OK, TX, and NM.

During my research I wasn’t able to find any information on potential derivatives.

Group: Dicot, Hymenopappus L'Hér.


Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 506.

Moerman, D. E. 1998. Native American Ethnobotany. Timber Press.

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Author: 1sagebrush18
Classroom Project: Medicinal Plants of the Lakota Sioux
Lead-Deadwood High School
Lead, South Dakota United States

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