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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.

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