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A woodland plant, snake root is naturalizing and attracts pollinators.

A woodland plant, snake root is naturalizing and attracts pollinators. USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 8 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Eupatorium rugosum

Snake root

Good for brightening up shady spots in the early fall; Eupatorium rugosom has flat-topped clusters of white flower heads. Plant tolerates a wide range of conditions and will self-sow.

White Snakeroot is responsible for milk sickness, which occurs when people ingest milk, other dairy products, or meat from cattle that have eaten the plant. The plant contains the toxin trematol and ingesting it can cause severe abdominal pain and sickness.  While extremely rare today,  milk sickness was quite common and problematic in the early 19th century before settlers became familiar with the plant and its properties. 


Height:

2-3 ft

Spread:

2-4 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Bloom Color:

White

Eupatorium rugosum Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun
  • Shade
  • Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Dry

Attributes

  • Naturalizing

Flowering Months

  • October
  • September
  • November

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=AGALA