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BUTTER-BUR

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Tussilago petasites. N.O. Compositae.

Synonym ► Common Butterbur.

Habitat ► Low-lying meadows and damp waysides.

Features ► Stem thick, nearly one foot high. Leaves, appearing after the flowers, very large, cordate, downy underneath. Pink flowers on short stalks bloom in early spring in thick spikes. Rhizome quarter-inch thick, furrowed longitudinally, purplish- brown, pithy.

Part used ► Rhizome.

Action ► Stimulant, diuretic.

Now little used except locally. Was formerly valued in feverish colds and urinary complaints.

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