Weed Walk - Jack/Jill, Solomon's Seal and Lady's Slipper

Monday, August 26, 2019 5:32 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Weed Walk with Susun

Jack/Jill in the pulpit (Ariseama atrorubens)
AKA Indian turnip, Dragonroot

There really are both Jacks and Jills in the spathe of this flower. Lift the lid carefully and see for yourself. All parts of the fresh plant are horribly irritating to the mucus surfaces of the digestive system, so this is considered a poisonous plant, though native people did use it for both food and medicine. Milk is the antidote should you decide to try it yourself. Protect this plant.


Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum biflorum)

This is another plant now considered poisonous that native people used medicinally, though mostly externally. All varities (such as P. multiflorum) are considered interchangeable. A European variety (P. odoratum), which contains a constituent that lowers blood sugar, is still in regular use, especially in China. Protect this plant.

Lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium pubescens)

AKA Moccasin flower

Protect this plant. The root of this prized orchid was formerly used is women’s tonics to counter hysteria and headaches. Like most perennials of the forest, it is now in danger and modern herbalists use other plants (such as motherwort) to help women who are anxious and nervous. Protect this plant.

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