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Common Name: Ague Weed
Gentianella quinquefolia is a Annual/Biennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Eastern N. America - southern Ontario to Tennessee and Florida.
Rich woods and moist fields[
Requires a damp humus-rich soil and should be planted in a situation approaching its native habitat[
The root is cathartic, febrifuge, haemostatic, stimulant and stomachic[
]. A tea or tincture of the root is a bitter tonic, used to stimulate the digestion and a poor appetite[
]. An infusion has also been used to treat diarrhoea, sore chest, worms and haemorrhages[
A homeopathic remedy is made from the root[
]. It is used in the treatment of intermittent fevers and as a stomachic and tonic[
Seed - must be sown in situ as soon as it is ripe in the autumn[