Lygodesmia grandiflora is a perennial found in areas such as South-western N. America. A member of the Compositae family, Lygodesmia grandiflora (Nutt.)Torr.&A.Gray is also known by its common name of Skeleton Plant. The perennial can grow to a height of 0.6 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Open dry places in valleys and foothills[212]., with LM soil and N moisture levels. .

Skeleton Plant is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Skeleton Plant is 1The leaves are chewed to increase the milk flow of lactating mothers[216, 257]. . The plant sap has been used as a healing salve on the sores caused by sunburn[257].

Lygodesmia grandiflora is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Insects.

The plant has an edibility rating of 1Leaves - cooked[46, 61, 105]. Used as greens and as a flavouring[161, 212, 216, 257].

Cultivation tips: We have almost no information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in at least the milder areas of the country. It is likely to require a sunny position in a light well-drained soil.

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant
them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division can be tried in the spring.

Leaves - cooked[46, 61, 105]. Used as greens and as a flavouring[161, 212, 216, 257].