SIA0359: Purple Aster

Common Name:Purple Aster
Plant Species:Machaeranthera spp.
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2003 Rosanna Hamilton
Location:Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

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These flowers are found widespread in New Mexico during the fall. A concoction of leaves and stems was used by native peoples as a stimulant, especially effective for women in labor. Tea from the ground plant was used to treat upset stomachs. The Navajo used it to clear nose congestion and to treat pimples.

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