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Hi everybody,
Over the past 3 weeks this flower has been blooming in Greater Boston. It looks like Snakeroot to me. I've seen it growing in parks & lawns. It seems to be both cultivated & growing wild. I've attached pictures taken during our recent drought (which now seems to be winding down ). Do people agree this is Snakeroot?
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Yes! this looks exactly like White snakeroot to me. 

   I once saw this in a near by park here in New Jersey while doing a little nature walk... I was just beginning to learn about foraging wild edibles, and medicinal plants. Wasn't paying to much attention . I had just heard about nettles.... (Pretty embarrassing) but I decided to chomp on just 2 small leaves  of what was actually White-snakeroot!    . While I was feeling extremely poisoned, with one of the worst stomach aches/ Tremors I have ever encountered.     All the research I could find would only really state and document  -Death! but only through milk sickness, from animals grazing white-snakeroot and then people consuming that animals milk.   
   On the other side, the root can be medicinal as a tea, or a poultice. 

I personally choose to stay far away from this plant due to my ugly, ignorant encounter I had.  However it did make me want to become more serious when it comes to wild edible, and medicinal  ID. 

I am still just scrapping the surface of wild ID. Most certainly glad I went through this early on to stay humbled by mother nature and respect her powers! 

heres a pretty solid link I found to help show  some features ... http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/medicinal_plants/pages/White_Snakeroot.html
 
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Shauns Webbers wrote:Yes! this looks exactly like White snakeroot to me. 

   I once saw this in a near by park here in New Jersey while doing a little nature walk... I was just beginning to learn about foraging wild edibles, and medicinal plants. Wasn't paying to much attention . I had just heard about nettles.... (Pretty embarrassing) but I decided to chomp on just 2 small leaves  of what was actually White-snakeroot!    . While I was feeling extremely poisoned, with one of the worst stomach aches/ Tremors I have ever encountered.     All the research I could find would only really state and document  -Death! but only through milk sickness, from animals grazing white-snakeroot and then people consuming that animals milk.   
   On the other side, the root can be medicinal as a tea, or a poultice. 

I personally choose to stay far away from this plant due to my ugly, ignorant encounter I had.  However it did make me want to become more serious when it comes to wild edible, and medicinal  ID. 

I am still just scrapping the surface of wild ID. Most certainly glad I went through this early on to stay humbled by mother nature and respect her powers! 

heres a pretty solid link I found to help show  some features ... http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/medicinal_plants/pages/White_Snakeroot.html


Hi Shaun,
Wow, I'm sorry to hear you got poisoned. I hope there was no long-term damage? Thanks also for the link.
 
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N Thomas,

  It's okay-  my careless mistake!  No long term damage , just a really intense night, and the two days after were little strange, but no problem! glad to share!
 
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