Thursday, September 9, 2010

White Snake Root--It could kill a cow!

Hard to believe but the White Snake Root plant could kill a cow that munches on it. And before the cow even appears ill a human or animal who drinks the milk from that cow would become ill.

This beautiful 3-4 foot tall plant has been blooming since July at Coffee Creek. Usually it is covered with butterflies and bees.

A lot of butterflies use the plant as a larva host, so it's nice to have around inspite of being poisonous.

The name comes from early settlers and Native Americans using the root as a snake bite remedy. This is not recommended today due to the poisonous nature of the plant. 

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