Chenopodium californicum Chenopodium californicum Chenopodium californicum


Common Name California Goosefoot, Indian Lettuce,
Latin Name Chenopodium californicum
Native Habitat Western North America 5,000 to 1,000 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 1 foot X 3 feet
Protective Mechanism Toxic saponins in leaves more toxic to animals than humans
Leaves Green, edible
Garden Suitability Butterfly, Ethnobotanical
Ornamental Value Showy leaves, flowers insignificant
Nature Value Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds use flowers
Native American Uses Leaves eaten like spinach (should only be eaten in small quantities due to toxic saponins), leaves used to poison fish, seeds ground to make breads, plant used to make green and gold dyes, roots used to make detergent
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