Photo Credit
Photo courtesy of Stefan Bloodworth, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Wild quinine

Scientific name
Parthenium integrifolium
Plant Family
Plant Group
Unique looking plant with flat-topped clusters of small white pearl-like flowers, associated with rich soils and moist, open prairie. Sunflower family.
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Unique looking plant with flat-topped clusters of small white pearl-like flowers, associated with rich soils and moist, open prairie.

Did You Know?

Wild quinine usually blooms in late summer and early autumn. According to the USDA, several southeastern Native American tribes have used this plant for medicinal purposes, including mashing the leaves to create a poultice for burns. The leaves are oval to lance-shaped with a prominent white vein down the center. The leaves can be up to 15 inches in length.

States
AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV