Chamaelirium luteum (L.) Gray (Liliaceae)

Common Names
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.

Flowering Period
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.

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