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Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Prairie Dock
Silphium terebinthinaceum

A gum or resin that is obtained from the stem can be chewed to cleanse the mouth and teeth[207].

  • Medicinal Use

    A tea made from the roots is vermifuge and a tonic for general debility[4, 61, 222].

    A tea made from the leaves is emetic, it has been used in the treatment of coughs, lung ailments and asthma[4, 61, 222].

    A resin in the plant is diuretic[4, 61, 222].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring[188]. This is very difficult due to the deep and extensive root system.
Succeeds in any ordinary garden soil[1]. Prefers a deep moisture retentive moderately fertile soil that is not too nitrogen rich, in sun or dappled shade[200]. Succeeds in the wild or woodland garden[200]. Plants have a deep and extensive root system which makes transplanting difficult[200].
Eastern N. America – Ontario to Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana.

Become ungovernable, break the chains of the matrix; grow and forage your own food and medicine.

*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.