Fairywand, blazing star, devil's bit, false unicorn, grub root, helonias, rattlesnake root, star root, starwort.
A perennial that grows to 4 feet in height. Plant produces a rosette of basal leaves from which a spike rises. A few narrowly linear leaves may be found on the spike. Male and female flowers are on different plants. The male flowers are white and, when dried, yellowish; the female flowers are greenish.
April to July.
Bogs and wet places in woodlands, meadows, and thickets.
Rootstock in fall.
This herb has been used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, anthelmintic, purgative, and tonic.