Ageratina cordata (Walter) Spach
Eupatorium aromaticum L.
Eupatorium ceanothifolium Muhl. ex Willd.
Eupatorium cordatum Walter
Eupatorium cordiforme Poir.
Eupatorium engelmannianum Link ex Torr. & A.Gray
Eupatorium latidens Small
Eupatorium melissoides Willd.
Eupatorium nemorale Greene
Eupatorium tracyi Greene
Eupatorium viburnifolium Greene
Kyrstenia aromatica (L.) Greene
Kyrstenia ceanothifolia (Muhlenb.Willd.) Greene
Kyrstenia melissoides (Willd.) Greene
Kyrstenia nemoralis (Greene) Greene
Kyrstenia tracyi (Greene) Greene
Kyrstenia viburnifolia (Greene) Greene
Common Name: Small-leaved White Snakeroot
Ageratina aromatica is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing a clump of erect, laxly-branched stems usually 30 - 80cm tall in the wild but up to 150cm in cultivation[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, and is also used in homeopathy.
Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Florida, west to Ohio and Texas.
Dry woods, thickets and clearings[
]. Sandy soils, burned pinelands, turkey oak sand ridges, pine-oak and oak-hickory upland woods, old fields, roadsides, fencerows, moist sites, at elevations from100 - 900 metres[
Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained but moisture retentive garden soil in sun or part shade[
Probably hybridizes in the wild with with Ageratina altissima[
One report says that the root is aromatic and suggests that it could be edible[
The plant is antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic and expectorant[
]. It is used in the treatment of inflammation and irritability of the bladder[
], ague, pulmonary diseases, stomach complaints and nervous diseases[
The plant is used in homeopathy to treat conditions such as nervous erethism; restlessness; hysteria and chorea; low fevers; and aphthous diseases[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame, only just covering the seed. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.