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Scientific Name:Trillium sessile
Common Name(s): Birth root, toadshade, Wake Robin
Parts Used: root, leaf
cbeshore 13 Mar, 2013
This plant I happened upon while foraging here in Missouri. The leaves taste like sunflower seeds and is VERY edible. The root was used to prevent bleeding by Native Americans while the crushed and bruised leaves can be used as a poultice for bruising/ boils. Im a hillbilly and have never seen this plant prior to this find two years ago.
The root is very much an astringent but, I can attest to it's coagulation powers as I used it for my son's nosebleed. The results were immediate without any side effects.