Friday, July 25, 2008

Hydrastis canadensis

This past week in Will County, Illinois, we came across several colonies of fruiting Hydrastis canadensis. This plant is very difficult to miss when it has mature fruit. As you probably all know, this plant has been used in a variety of ways throughout history, including medicinally (antibacterial, antispasmodic, diuretic, laxitive, sedative, and tonic, among others), as a yellow dye, and as an insect repellent.


1 comment:

baptesia said...

Hello Scott:

I would be interested in viewing this population. I am a participant in the Chicago Botanic Garden's Plants of Concern program and this a species I am beginning to monitor. I would like to include the site in my efforts. Please contact me at

Thanks and I hope you get this message