All parts of the plant are poisonous. |
Medicine: Said to be an antidote to madness. The roots were mashed and applied to snakebite. Legend holds the plant was used in the selection of 'chiefs'. The root of the plant was used as an endurance drug, and status was afforded to men who came through the experience. Dry root of the White Hellebore was pounded and snuffed.
Note: Also called Indian Poke. White Hellebore (Veratrum speciosum) is called Indian itchweed.
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