Lemonweed is a hairy perennial that grows several leafy stems that produce light yellow flowers on top. Lemonweed is distinctive when seeding as each flower generally produces 4 hard, white seeds. The hairs on Lemonweed can be very stiff, sometimes feeling like slivers when touched.
|Height and Spread
||20 – 60 cm tall.
||Up to 30 cm spread.
||Light yellow – lemon coloured.
||Bright green and hairy.
||Seeds mature after flowers in mid-late summer.
|Light and Water
||Grows most commonly in open grasslands and forests.
||Grows in dry rocky conditions.
||Lemonweed was sometimes used medicinally, specifically as a contraceptive among interior First Nations peoples. More recently some experiments have shown that lemonweed can reduce fertility in mice. The seeds were also commonly used as beads due to their white colour and hardness.
||Lemonweed provides habitat for small mammals and is sometimes a browsing food for larger wildlife.
||Lemonweed is best used in combination with other native dry land plants to create a more cohesive and beautiful ecosystem. It grows in dry, sunny conditions.
||This plant is also commonly referred to as ‘stoneseed’ due to its hard, rock-like seeds.
||Lemonweed is easily propagated by seed.