North of the Adirondacks
An Unusual Site Planted by a Blooming Looneytic
WiseAcre Gardens
site map
Home Perennials Wildflowers Mushrooms Gardens Scenes Wallpaper Gone Fishing
Looney Tunes - Character Images and Quotes Looney Wallpaper Avatars
Adult language True Love Opera Picnic Winter DO NOT CLICK
WiseAcre's 'Natural' Blog Got Time to Waste?    Play Flash Games Grateful Dead Avatars Gnome Control

by common name

White Snakeroot White Snakeroot

Eupatorium rugosum

Native Woodland Wildflower - Poisonous

A poultice made from White Snakeroot was used to treat snakebite by Native Americans. Other medicinal uses included a root tea to treat various ailments.

Milk Sickness - When eaten by cows the plant's toxins are passed to the milk. Symptoms include weakness and nausea and possible death.

White Snakeroot leaf

This was only hard to identify because I had a much better photograph than any 'reference' I found. The leaves were easy enough to match - toothed heart shaped. But the flowers gave me doubts.

Snakeroot is a member of the Boneset family and as such has flat topped flower clusers. The flowers are very small and have a fuzzy appearance but I mamaged to get a good closeup photo of the flowers and it was nothing like I imagined. In fact I had to go back and photograph the plant again to make sure I had the right one.


Soil Type - Rich wodland
Soil ph - Neutral
Water - Moist
Light - Shade


Height Average - 2 - 5 ft.
Time of bloom - July - Sept
Flower colors - White

White Snakeroot flowers
As you can see there is nothing 'fuzzy' about the flowers when you're up close and personal.