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White Snakeroot

Snakeroot

Radnor Reflections, October 1, 2011

Snakeroot, Ageratina altisima, is blooming in great masses at Radnor these days. “Snakeroot contains toxins that can pass from cattle to humans through milk, which in pioneer days caused severe illness and sometimes death. This ‘milksick’ disease is thought to have killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother”, cited from Horn and Cathcart, Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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