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White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)

Eupatorium ageratoides. E. rugosum. E. urticaefolium,
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
White Snakeroot
Ageratina altissima

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stimulant and tonic[257]. It has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea, gravel and urinary diseases[257]. It has also been used in herbal sweat baths to encourage sweating[257]. A decoction or infusion of the root has been taken to treat a fallen or inflamed womb[257].

    The root has been chewed and held in the mouth as a treatment for toothache[257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    The plant contains tremetol, a complex alcohol, and glycosides. These toxins cause a fatal disease known as 'staggers' in cattle. The toxin can be passed through the milk and has caused fatalities in humans who have drunk affected cow's milk[274].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame, only just covering the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.
Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained but moisture retentive garden soil in sun or part shade[200]. There is some difference of opinion over the correct name for this species with some authorities using Eupatorium rugosum[K].
Eastern N. America.

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*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.