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Ageratina altissima  (L.) R. M. King & H. Rob.


Botanical Name


Ageratina altissima (L.) R. M. King & H. Rob.

English Name


White snakeroot , Snakeroot, Richweed, White Sanicle



Eupatorium urticifolium (Reichard.), Eupatorium rugosum (Houtt.), Eupatorium ageratoides (L.f.)





General Info


A perennial herb, (30–)50–80(–120) cm (bases usually fibrous-rooted crowns, sometimes rhizomatous). Stems ascending to erect, sometimes semiscandent, puberulent (hairs minute, crisped). Leaves opposite; petioles (5–)10–30(–50) mm; blades usually deltate-ovate to ovate or broadly lanceolate, sometimes ovate-lanceolate, 4–11(–13) × 2.5–8(–9) cm, bases usually rounded to truncate or obtuse, sometimes cordate, margins coarsely and doubly incised-serrate, apices usually acuminate. Heads clustered. Peduncles 1–5 mm, puberulent. Involucres 4–5 mm. Phyllaries: apices acute, abaxial faces glabrous or sparsely and finely villous. Corollas white, lobes sparsely short-villous. Cypselae glabrous.

Herb Effects

Diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stimulant and tonic (root)


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Flora of North America



Medicinal Use

The root is used in the treatment of diarrhoea, gravel and urinary diseases. It has also been used in herbal sweat baths to encourage sweating. A decoction or infusion of the root has been taken to treat a fallen or inflamed womb.



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