This plant may grow as high as four feet or higher. It has pointy, basil-like leaves that are commonly curled at margins.
The leaves that alternate up the stem are smaller but there are more of them.
They have a red inner vein in the winter
June to September
The roots of this plant are usually yellowish when you cut in half
Plants usually have a bright red seed stalk that bear long terminate clusters of small greenish-white flowers above the rest of the plant. When flowers grow to maturation they turn a rusted red color as well.
This plant is high in iron
the leaves are usually gathered in early spring and can be prepared and eaten just like spinach.
This plant can be a laxative or a anti-diarrheal depending on the amount taken.
1tsp. ground root to 1 cup boiling water. Steep 2-3 min. (the longer it steeps the more anti-diarrheal it becomes; for laxative steep only one minute)
take 2-3 cups a day
It is an astringent (medicine that closes pores); this also will inhibit and arrest the spread of ringworm.
use crushed fresh leaves and apply as a poultice
It is an antiscorbutic (fights scurvy)
syrup: boil 1/2 lb of crushed root in one pint of natural syrup
use 2-3 tsp. per day
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