Erechtites hieraciifolius – American burnweed

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American Burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius) is a native plant in the Daisy (Asteraceae) family. It is often one of the earliest pioneer species of areas that were recently burned. It also grows well in disturbed habitats.
American burnweed has alternate, serrated leaves that are aromatic when crushed. It produces yellow or pink flower heads in the fall.
Burnweed has a pungent herbal taste. It is best consumed as an herb. It pairs well with mango, peach, and tomato. Pick tender leaves that are less than four inches long.

Written by Amy Demers, founder of the Connecticut Foraging Club. To learn more about foraging in Connecticut, check out our upcoming classes.

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