Scientific Name: Asarum europaeum Poisonous in large doses. Diuretic, emetic, purgative and cathartic.Continue reading "European Wild Ginger"
Tag: Plant Family: Aristolochiaceae
Scientific Name: Aristolochia gigantea Aristolochic acid has been shown to be both a potent carcinogen and kidney toxin. The flower is fly pollinated and emits and odor of rotting meat.Continue reading "Pelican Flower"
American Wild Ginger
Scientific Name: Asarum canadense The plant contains aristolochic acid, a carcinogenic compound. The FDA warns that consumption of aristolochic acid-containing products is associated with permanent kidney damage. Native Americansused the plant as a medicinal herb to treat a number of ailments including dysentery, digestive problems, swollen breasts, coughs and colds, typhus, scarlet fever, nerves, sore throats, cramps, heaves, earaches, […]Continue reading "American Wild Ginger"