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Common Name: Button Snakeroot
Eryngium aquaticum is a Evergreen Perennial up to 1.20 metres tall.
It has medicinal uses.
Eastern N. America - New Jersey to Florida.
Wet soils or uplands[
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The plant is diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant and in large doses emetic[
]. It is used mainly in the treatment of disorders of the kidneys and sexual organs[
]. It has been used as an antidote to snake poison[
The pounded roots are used as a diuretic[
]. An infusion of them is used to reduce fevers[
The plant is used as an antidote to snakebites. The roots are chewed and applied to the bite[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the fresh or dried root[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in early autumn on the surface of a well-drained compost in a cold frame[
]. The seed can also be sown in spring. It usually germinates in 5 - 90 days at 20°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in early spring or autumn. Take care since the plant resents root disturbance[
Root cuttings in autumn or winter[