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Chlorogalum pomeridianum (DC.) Kunth
Wavyleaf soap plant, Wavyleaf Soap-plant
USDA Symbol: CHPO3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Delicate, star-like, white flowers in a large, freely and openly branched cluster.
By day this plant appears ungainly, the branches stark and unattractive, but toward evening, or on cloudy days, the delicate flowers open, resembling thistledown caught among the twigs. Native Americans crushed the plants bulbs and added water to produce a lather for cleaning clothing and baskets. They also roasted bulbs to produce a substance used to glue feathers to arrow shafts and to treat rashes caused by Poison Oak.
Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
CA , OR Native Distribution:
Southwestern Oregon south to southern California. Native Habitat:
Dry open hills and plains, often in open brush or woods. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Young leaves consumed by Native
Americans. Use Medicinal:
Crushed bulbs applied to rashes from Poison Ivy. Use Other: Native
Americans crushed the plants bulbs and added water to produce a lather for cleaning clothing and baskets, also using the liquid as a fish poison. They roasted the bulbs to produce a substance used to glue feathers to arrow shafts. Fibers were extracted from older bulb
sheaths to make bristles for brushes. Interesting Foliage:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff