Galinsoga Semicalva Plant Information
Galinsoga Semicalva grows in the following 40 states:Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington
In much of the world it is considered a weed.In Colombia it is used as a spice herb in the soup Ajiaco. It can also be used as an ingredient in leaf salads.Galinsoga parviflora was brought from Peru to Kew Gardens in 1796, and later escaped to the wild in Great Britain and Ireland. In Britain its name Galinsoga is sometimes popularly rendered as "gallant soldiers", and then sometimes altered to "soldiers of the Queen".It is also known by the taxonomic name Tridax parvifloraGalinsoga parviflora is an herbaceous plant in the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It has several common names including guasca (Colombia), mielcilla (Costa Rica), galinsoga (NZ), gallant soldier (UK)/(USA), and potato weed.
Galinsoga parviflora grows to a height of 75 cm (30 inches). It is a branched herb with opposite stalked leaves, toothed at the margins. The flowers are in small heads. The 3-8 white ray-florets are about 1 mm (0.4 inches) long and 3-lobed. The central disc florets are yellow and tubular.
There are a few records of G. parviflora and G. ciliata as a weed in Northern Ireland.
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