A medicinal plant has blossomed in a rural area of the Navajo Nation.
Photo: Supplied: Paul HirschmannNavajo medicinal plant gardener says the plant has given him hope that the plant can be used in medicineThe plant grows at the corner of a pasture and a wooded area in the small town of Ollalot.
The gardener, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had not been able to locate the plant before the announcement on Monday.
“The plant has grown to a pretty big size,” he said.
“It’s actually really hard to tell what it’s doing.”
We know that it’s medicinal, but I just have to wait and see.
“The gardeder, who works in the community of Oglala, said the plant was a “really cool surprise”.”
I was thinking, ‘Oh, it’s like a big plant’.
“I’m sure it’s going to grow to a huge size.”
Mr Hirschman said he did not want to speculate on the plant’s potential medicinal uses, but said it was a unique plant.
“I think that it could be used to heal or to make some medicinal tea,” he told ABC Radio.
Mr Hirstman said his family was very well versed in medicinal plants and had experimented with several varieties, including the common medicinal herb, the wild plant and the medicinal plant known as the medicinal garden.
“They have very different ways of growing and I think they’re different species, but they have all been quite effective,” he explained.
“So I think it’s a really cool thing for us to have some of that knowledge that we don’t necessarily have in other areas of our society.”
MrHirschman added that the medicinal plants could also be used as a food source, particularly for the children in his community.
He said he was not sure whether the plant would become an invasive species.
“This is not something that we’re worried about, we’re not worried about it at all, we just want to see how it grows and how it’s used and what it can do for us,” he noted.
MrHirstman and his wife had been growing the plant in their garden for a number of years.
“There’s nothing to be scared about,” he added.
The plant is a hybrid of the wild plants known as “olivo”, the common herb and the native medicinal plant, known as medicinal garden, he said, adding that the gardener would like to plant it at a nearby site as soon as possible.
Topics:health,people,community-and-society,environment,walesFirst posted March 13, 2020 14:35:50Contact Paul Hirstmann