Scrophulariaceae / Figwort
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Historical Lore: Native Americans ate the leaves collected early in the season in soup or as a green like spinach and put the chopped root into the food they gave to their pony to fatten it and make it vicious to all but it's owner. They considered the root a love charm. Sometimes young men would carry the root when they intended to make advances on a potential lover. It was secretly, perhaps maliciously, put in the food of an intended as a aphrodisiac. Another, less evil use was to bring estranged couples back together by placing it in a dish they were going to eat in common.
Medical Uses: A root tea was used by Native Americans for internal swellings and a root poultice for external swellings. Also used for digestive problems and in cough medicines Early herbal healers considered the entire plant a tonic, sedative and astringent.
Swamp Lousewort (P. Lanceolata) is similar. It is not hairy, has opposite leaves, lives in moist areas and blooms in
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