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This plant is single stemmed and with thick, short rootstock that resembles a rhizome. Each plant has a lovely wand-like spike of white flowers that are tubular, with six petal-like tepals that are fused except at the tip where they are slightly flared. Each flower has six orange, inserted, stamens. Fertilized flowers form tiny seeds that developed in capsules. When ripe, the capsules split open and release the seeds to the wind. The leaves are primarily basal, but some smaller leaves are alternately arranged on the flowering stem. They are lanceolate, smooth margined, glabrous, and parallel veined.
Colic root a perennial that grows up to 2 feet tall. It prefers open, moist, sandy areas where other vegetation is sparse, but also occurs in drier and partially shaded woodlands and grasslands. It is a conservative species that is primarily found at rich sites, but minimally impacted roadsides can still harbor this species.
Colic root is a native North American perennial plant; its thick, fibrous rootstock produces a rosette of yellow-green, long, pointed, lanceolate, spreading basal leaves. The numerous white tubular-oblong, somewhat bell-shaped flowers grow in a terminal spike-like raceme on an erect, flower-stalk that reaches 1 1/2 to 3 feet in height. Flowering time is from May to August. The fruit is an ovoid capsule containing many oblong, ribbed seeds.Back to Top
A decoction or tincture has been used for flatulent colic and for other digestive problems. Recommended for menstrual problems such as dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. Stimulates appetite, jaundice, rheumatism, and a general tonic. Contains diosgenin, which has both anti-inflammatory and estrogenic properties.Back to Top
Use dried rootstock only. The fresh root, which is toxic, causes unpleasant internal effects, including dizziness, intestinal pains, vomiting and purging. The toxic effect is lost in drying.Back to Top
White colic-root is an attractive native wildflower of open, often sandy sites. The perianths of the flowers have an unusual rough texture, giving rise to the specific epithet farinosa, meaning "mealy." Native Americans used it to treat stomach and bowel disorders, as well as rheumatism, jaundice and lung disease. However, the fresh root is mildly poisonous.
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.Antiflatulent Antiinflammatory Appetite Stimulants Appetizer Bitter Diuretic Dysentery Narcotic TonicThe greatest value of unicorn root is its tonic influence on the female generative organs, proving to be of great use in treating cases of habitual miscarriages. Used for gynaecological disorders or 'female complaints' in the US including dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea and prolapsed vagina complaints . It also promotes the appetite and is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, rheumatism and jaundice. The root is bitter, diuretic, narcotic and tonic[1, 21, 46, 213]. Only use the dried rootstock, in large doses the fresh root is somewhat narcotic, emetic and cathartic. A decoction of the root is a bitter tonic and has been used for expelling flatulence and for various uterine disorders[207, 222]. It is used in the treatment of colic, though small doses, especially of the fresh root, can cause hypogastric colic. The root is harvested in late summer after flowering and dried for later use. The root contains diosgenin, which has both anti-inflammatory and oestrogenic properties. A tea of the leaves has been used in the treatment of colic, stomach disorders, dysentery and bloody dysentery[213, 257].
Colicroot is a member of the lily family. It has a tall flowering stalk that reaches 40 to 100 centimetres and holds many white to creamy white, tubular flowers, ending with six spreading lobes, arranged in a long spike.
The main threat to Colicroot is habitat destruction due to residential