Virginia snakeroot, birthwort, Dutchmanspipe, pelican flower, sangrel, sangrel-root, serpentaria, serpentary root, snakeroot, snakeweed, thick birthwort.
This perennial is 1 to 2 feet in height. It has an erect stem and heart-shaped leaves that taper to a point at the tip. Brownish pip-like flowers grow from base of the plant stem.
May to June.
Forests, woodlands, and stream banks.
Rootstock and roots in fall.
Preparations from this herb have been used as aids in dyspepsia, as antispasmodics, diaphoretics, and emmenagogues.