Viburnum prunifolium. N.O. Caprifoliaceae.
Synonym ► American Sloe, Stagbush.
Habitat ► Dry woods, throughout Central and Southern States of North America. Features ► A tree-like shrub, ten to twenty feet high. Fruit shiny black, sweet and
edible. Young bark glossy purplish-brown, with scattered warts. Old bark greyish-
brown, inner surface white. Fracture short. Root bark cinnamon colour. Taste bitter,
Part used ► Root bark (preferred); also bark of stem and branches. Action ► Uterine tonic, nervine, anti-spasmodic.
Uterine weaknesses, leucorrhaea, dysmenorrhea. Prevention of miscarriage—given four or five weeks before. Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint of boiling water—table-spoonful doses.