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Related to prairie dock: silphium terebinthinaceum
(note: there are other plants also named Prairie Dock and Missouri Snakeroot) A highly prized medicinal plant. About 3ft tall (1m), Alternate rough long, hairy leaves with sharp-toothed edges. Stem branches at the top with multiple clusters of little white clumpy flowers. Plant is not edible- use dried root and tops as medicine. Used for fatigue, respiratory infection, gastrointestinal issues, lymph congestion, ear infections, colds, coughs, sore throats, venereal disease, Epstein Barr, immune system stimulant, digest foreign particles, blood and liver detoxification. Suggested use- 1 teaspoon dried root to a glass of warm water, taken on empty stomach has much stronger effect than when taken with food.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz