white snakeroot


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Related to white snakeroot: water hemlock, Eupatorium rugosum, Manchineel tree

white snakeroot,

North American woods perennial (Eupatorium urticifolium) of the family Asteraceae (asteraster
[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called wild asters, and for a related plant more correctly called China aster (Callistephus chinensis
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 family), having a flat-topped cluster of small white flowers. It is of the same genus as the bonesetboneset
or thoroughwort
, perennial North American herb (Eupatorium perfoliatum) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), having terminal clusters of small, chiefly white blossoms.
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 and joe-pye weedjoe-pye weed
, name for a tall North American plant (Eupatorium purpureum) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), having small, usually pinkish-purple blossoms in large terminal clusters.
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. The herbage contains tremetol, a toxic principle causing "milk sickness," or milk fever. White snakeroot is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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In August Eupatorium rugosum (white snakeroot), Helianthus microcephalus (small wood sunflower), Pilea pumila (clearweed), Scrophularia marilandica (late figwort), Solidago caesia (blue-stemmed goldenrod), and Verbesina alternifolia (yellow ironweed) are added.
Even as white snakeroot flowers in the woods and Joe Pye Weed becomes gray with age, the Summer Triangle overhead is reminiscent of Mothers' Day dawn.
Midwestern peaches are coming in to the markets as late summer's white snakeroot is budding in the woods, and Joe Pye weed heads up in the wetlands.
The blossoms could belong to poisonous white snakeroot. And milkweed is still in bloom throughout much of the nation.
But also check for white flowers in the woods at this time of year; they could be white snakeroot, poisonous to livestock.
White snakeroot, iron-weed, boneset, wingstem, tall cone-flowers and gray-headed coneflowers are budding as the pink large-flowered mallow dies back.