Curlycup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa, Asteraceae) is relatively common among grasslands, pastures, and disturbed areas in the Great Plains and Intermountain West. Although native to western North America, human activity has helped it spread across much of the continent. It easily establishes itself along roads and in fields, overgrazed pastures, and other areas disturbed by people. The full sun, broken soil, and lack of competing plants make these locations ideal for this organism.
Like other gumweeds this species exudes resin from it leaves and flowers that is sticky to the touch:
It can be distinguished from other plants in its genus by its recurved phyllaries. These small, scale-like leaves surround the clusters of tiny yellow flowers:
Although the bitter compounds produced by this plant make it unpalatable to livestock, it was historically of some medicinal use in Native American and folk remedies.