Galinsoga parviflora

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Galinsoga parviflora
Galinsoga parviflora bluete.jpeg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Galinsoga
Species: G. parviflora
Binomial name
Galinsoga parviflora

Tridax parviflora

Galinsoga parviflora[1] is an herbaceous plant in the Asteraceae (daisy) family. It has several common names including Guasca (Colombia), Mielcilla (Costa Rica), Galinsoga (NZ), gallant soldier[2] (USA), and Potato weed.[3]

It is also known by the taxonomic name Tridax parviflora[4]

Galinsoga parviflora was brought from Peru to Kew Gardens in 1796, and later escaped to the wild in Britain. In Britain its name Galinsoga is sometimes popularly rendered as "gallant soldiers", and then sometimes altered to "soldiers of the Queen".

In Colombia it is used as a spice herb in the soup Ajiaco. It can also be used as an ingredient in leaf salads.

In much of the world it is considered a weed[5]


  1. ^ RNZIH - Horticulture Pages - Weeds - Index of names
  2. ^ PLANTS Profile for Galinsoga parviflora (gallant soldier) | USDA PLANTS
  3. ^ "Factsheet - Galinsoga parviflora". 
  4. ^ Tridax parviflora (Galinsoga parviflora) in Profile
  5. ^ Weed database presentation