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Common Name: American Columbo
Frasera caroliniensis is a perennial plant that can grow up to 2.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Eastern N. America - New York to Ontario and Wisconsin, south to Georgia and Tennessee.
Requires a moist but well-drained position and a stony peaty soil[
]. Requires an acidic soil[
Plants are hardy to at least -12°c[
Plants can be grown in a woodland garden[
The powdered plant is applied externally to ulcers as a poultice[
The plant is a feeble simple bitter[
The root is cathartic, emetic, stimulant and tonic[
]. When dried it is a simple bitter that can be used as a digestive tonic in a similar way to gentian root (Gentiana spp), but the fresh root is cathartic and emetic[
]. The root is used in the treatment of dysentery, stomach complaints and a lack of appetite[
]. It should be harvested in the autumn of its second year, or the spring of its third year[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in late winter[