Galinsoga parviflora in Sopa de Pollo?

Tom Hollowell thollowe at OSF1.GMU.EDU
Fri Dec 1 17:20:07 CST 1995

On Fri, 1 Dec 1995, James H. Beach wrote:

> Please respond to GBScott at, not to Beach.
> Thanks.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 15:34:19 -0500
> From: GBScott at
> Subject: Galinsoga parviflora
> I am attempting to determine whether a South American herb, known as guascas
> or huascas in Colombia, is related to any plants in North America.  The
> botanical name of guascas, as I understand it, is Galinsoga parviflora L.  Is
> there a directory of some sort that would tell me (1) whether such a plant
> grows in North America and (2) what its common name is?
> My interest is not botanical.  Guascas is an important ingredient is ajiaco,
> a chicken soup from Colombia.  My Colombian friends tell me guascas is a weed
> that grows in the Andes.
> Thanks for any assistance you can give me.


There are two species of Galinsoga (Asteraceae) in the U.S. that I could
look up, one is G. parviflora Cav. (quickweed or small flowering
galinsoga) and G. quadriradiata Ruiz and Pav. (french-weed or hairy
galinsoga). G. quadriradiata is a common weed in Virginia, G. parviflora
has been found in about 1/3 - 1/4 of the counties.  If its proven to be
edible, I'd like to know.


Tom Hollowell

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