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Useful Temperate Plants

Ageratina aromatica

(L.) Spach

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

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
Flowering plant
Photograph by: H . Zell
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Ageratina aromatica Ageratina aromatica

General Information

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[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine, and is also used in homeopathy.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

43
Title
Gray's Manual of Botany.Eighth Edition
Publication
 
Author
Fernald. M. L.
Publisher
American Book Co.; New York
Year
1950
ISBN
0442222505
Description
A bit dated but a good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Eastern N. America - Massachusetts to Florida, west to Ohio and Texas.

Habitat

Dry woods, thickets and clearings[
43
Title
Gray's Manual of Botany.Eighth Edition
Publication
 
Author
Fernald. M. L.
Publisher
American Book Co.; New York
Year
1950
ISBN
0442222505
Description
A bit dated but a good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
]. 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[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height1.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Self-fertileYes
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Succeeds in an ordinary well-drained but moisture retentive garden soil in sun or part shade[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Probably hybridizes in the wild with with Ageratina altissima[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Edible Uses

One report says that the root is aromatic and suggests that it could be edible[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

The plant is antispasmodic, diaphoretic, diuretic and expectorant[
61
Title
A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man.
Publication
 
Author
Usher. G.
Publisher
Constable
Year
1974
ISBN
0094579202
Description
Forget the sexist title, this is one of the best books on the subject. Lists a very extensive range of useful plants from around the world with very brief details of the uses. Not for the casual reader.
]. It is used in the treatment of inflammation and irritability of the bladder[
4
Title
A Modern Herbal.
Publication
 
Author
Grieve.
Publisher
Penguin
Year
1984
ISBN
0-14-046-440-9
Description
Not so modern (1930's?) but lots of information, mainly temperate plants.
], ague, pulmonary diseases, stomach complaints and nervous diseases[
207
Title
The History and Folklore of North American Wild Flowers.
Publication
 
Author
Coffey. T.
Publisher
Facts on File.
Year
1993
ISBN
0-8160-2624-6
Description
A nice read, lots of information on plant uses.
].

The plant is used in homeopathy to treat conditions such as nervous erethism; restlessness; hysteria and chorea; low fevers; and aphthous diseases[
1052
Title
Homeopathic Materia Medica
Publication
 
Author
William Boericke, M.D.
Website
http://www.homeoint.org/books/boericmm/index.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the book
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

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.
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