Jul. 10, 2021

black snakeroot, Sanicula marilandica

So many strikingly beautiful flowers, and then we come to Sanicula? This genus has little balls of greenish flowers, and even had some Botany Club people standing there asking, "What's that?". At another time when people were more immersed in the plants of their world, they would have known. Black snakeroot is emetic, and was widely used medicinally. Many herbal medicines rely on panacea effects to preserve their reputation. No panacea effects with this one! Black snakeroot grows in woods in AL, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WA(S), WI, WV, WY, AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on SPM. Mackinac Co MI, 6/19/20. Celery family, Apiaceae.