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Common Twinpod

Aikaanaisskiinaohtooki – Physaria didymocarpa (Hook.) Gray
(Gray Leaves, Gophers Ears, White Stems)



Laney concentrates on her beadwork while Marvin is researching on the computer.
▪ Glenbow Museum. (2005). Nitsitapiisinni Exhibit. Calgary, Alberta: Blackfoot Gallery Committee.



I’kammistsi’tsana’pssiiniki miinohtssitapiiyit amo ni’nsimaan. Mataipisspssaisski ki iikaikotskiisaissksiimoko niipistsi. Otahkoinattsi pisatssaisski ki amaohkssikottskoinattsi a’pistsiskitsis mo Iisamssootamstaa. Iikanistainattsiiyaw anni kaanaisskiinaohtookis ansskai niitohtainihkato’piaw aikaanaisskiinaohtooki.

Iikohtakaomianistohtsisitapiiyo’p amo ni’nsimaan.Akitowawansstsi’p omistsi niipistsi ihtaissiksitssookowanio’p ki ihtaisiksitsoohksitsoonio’p. Matohtaopiinimo’p akitai’stsikinio’pki ihtaopiinomowayaw issitsimaaniksi aistsitsaipokas otoyi’sowawaiksi.

Iskohtsik ponokaomitaiksi ihtaohpoonii’p ottsikiowawaistsi aiksitskapo’takiatsahkia.

Common Twinpod

*WARNING: If you are pregnant, do not ingest this plant.


Galileo Educational Network

Common Twinpod, a part of the mustard family, is a small, low-growing plant with dark

The leaves and stem of this plant have a lot of uses. Chewing the leaves helps get rid of cramps, stomach aches and sore throats. If you add a bit of water to the roots and make a mush, you can spread it on aching parts of the body or on sprains and it will help ease the pain. This mush is also great for babies who have a diaper rash. If you add more water, the tea can clean the belly buttons of newborns. This tea can help to heal cuts and wounds and is also useful as drops for ear infections or bloodshot eyes. green leaves. It has a very long taproot that travels on and on underground, searching for water. You could dig up to a metre deep and still not be near the end! That long tap root helps it grow along dry cut-banks or along the gravelly margins of streams. Common Twinpod has tiny, (6 mm) bright yellow flowers with red and purple trim that bloom in June. In the summer, the two seed pods grow and they have 2-8 seeds each. They look like tiny gopher ears and that is what some people call this plant.WARNING: If you are pregnant, do not ingest this plant.

The Common Twinpod can even be used as a toothache medicine – by clenching a leaf between your teeth!

In the past, the same mush would be used on the shoulders of work and wagon horses to relax their muscles after working hard all day.

Physaria didymocarpa

*AVERTISSEMENT : N’ingérez pas cette plante si vous êtes enceinte.


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L.& Brown,A.

Les feuilles et la tige de cette plante peuvent être employées de diverses façons. Les personnes qui mâchent ses feuilles peuvent guérir leurs maux de ventre, crampes et maux de gorge. Si nous ajoutons un peu d’eau aux racines pour en faire une bouillie, nous pouvons l’étendre sur les entorses ou les parties douleureuses du corps pour atténuer la douleur. Cette bouillie donne aussi de bons résultats chez les bébés qui souffrent de l’érythème fessier. Si nous ajoutons de l’eau pour en faire du thé, celui-ci peut servir à nettoyer le nombril des nouveaux-nés. Ce thé peut aider à guérir les coupures et les lésions, en plus de servir de gouttes pour guérir les otites et les conjonctivites.

La physaria didymocarpa peut aussi guérir les maux de dents. Il suffit de mordre une feuille entre les dents!

Anciennement, cette même bouillie était placée sur les épaules de chevaux de somme et de traite afin de relaxer leurs muscles après une dure journée de travail.

  • Britton, N.L.& Brown,A. (1913). Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 156. The PLANTS Database(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. Retrieved Feburary 11, 2005 http://plants.usda.gov
  • Brown, Annora. (1954). Old Man’s Garden. Vancouver, British Columbia: Evergreen Press Limited.
  • Hellson, John C. (1974). Ethnobotany of the Blackfoot Indians. Ottawa: National Museums of Canada.
  • Johnston, Alex. (1987). Plants and the Blackfoot. Lethbridge, Alberta: Lethbridge Historical Society.
  • Kerik, Joan. (1979). Living With The Land: Use of Plants by the Native People Of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta: Provincial Museum of Alberta.
  • Moerman, Daniel E. (1998). Native American Ethnobotany. Portland: Timber Press.
  • Murphey, Edith Van Allen. (1990). Indian Uses of Native Plants. Glenwood, Illinos: Meyerbooks.
  • Vance, F.R., Jowsley, J.R. & Mclean, J.S. (1984). Wildflowers Across The Prairies. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Western Producer Prairie Books.
This project was created with the professional development leadership and resources of the Galileo Educational Network