Polygonatum officinalis. N.O. Liliaceae.
Habitat ► Rocky woods in high situations.
Features ► Stem from twelve to eighteen inches high, with alternate sessile leaves. White flowers in May and June, usually solitary, stalks axillary ; black berries. Rhizome cylindrical, about half an inch diameter, transverse ridges, slightly flattened above, circular stem scars at intervals. Fracture short, yellowish, waxy. Taste mucilaginous, sweet then acrid.
Part used ► Rhizome.
Action ► Astringent, demulcent.
Lung complaints, when combined with other remedies. Also in leucorrhea. Powdered root used as poultice for inflammations.
Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint boiling water—wineglass doses.