Unicorn Root Aletris farinosa
Curtis's Botanical Magazine v. 34 (1811)
- Common Names
- Unicorn Root - Colic Root , Star grass, ague-root, true unicorns root, devils bit
- Botanical Name
- Aletris farinosa
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Unicorn Root - Colic Root
- Medicinal Uses: * Female Hormones
- Parts Used: rhizome
- Constituents: diosgenin
How to Use: Unicorn Root
Preparation Methods & Dosage :The useful properties are better extracted by alcohol rather than in tea. Small doses of 5 to 10 drops of tincture are prescribed in Potter's Cyclopaedia.
- Plant Class: Perennial
- Etymology: From the Latin farinosa meaning mealy
- Flowers: Tall flower stalk with insignificant flowers are a good necar source for butterflys
- Parts used: Rhizome
- Leaves:Flat rosette
- Flowering Season: May to August
- Distribution/habitat: Native to the southern US. Found in sandy and grassy open woods from Florida to Texas north to Maine and Wisconsin
How to Grow Unicorn Root
Plant prefers sun and moist, sandy, acidic soils.
History and Traditions & FolkloreIt was used as a component in Lydia Pinkham's original Vegetable Compound.
- Nelson Coon. "Using Plants for Healing", (1963),pg. 52 Rodale