Are wild flowers really wild?

These are not cultivated, not planted nor cared for, nor useful to humans. In our part of the world, they are called wildflowers!

Tridax procumbens, commonly known as coat buttons or wild daisy in the Philippines, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It flowers throughout the year and is commonly found in open places. The utility of these patches of vegetation is really commonly referred by us to be weeds. If the land will be used for crops, these are totally cut and discarded as first phase of land preparation.

It has no known folkloric medicinal use in the Philippines. However, in Indian traditional medicine, this is used as antifungal, anticoagulant, repellent, antidiarrheal, antidysenteric. The leaf juice is use on fresh wounds, to stop bleeding, and as hair tonic. n Nigeria, the Yoruba locals use the leaves for treatment to reduce blood pressure.

It is also known for several potential therapeutic activities like antiviral, anti oxidant antibiotic efficacies, wound healing activity, insecticidal and anti-inflammatory activity.

Tridax procumbens, is a declared noxious weed in many states of the US, but it is not declared invasive here in the Philippines maybe because it is just not written as is yet, but it really is very invasive. It is reported to have come from tropical America. Cattle —colloquially cows— doesn’t eat this but the butterflies and bees frequent them.

This entry was published on November 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Are wild flowers really wild?

  1. I really like to explore the nature and this information about wild flowers is quite useful. In which part of the world do you live as i am from india who has just started blogging. Please, let me know when did you start blogging as you have published many articles and you look quite popular on WordPress. Please reply as i am your follower. Till then good luck for your next post.


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