Photos of Asarum canadense, Wild Ginger, Canada Snakeroot.
Asarum canadense, wild ginger, Canada snakeroot is a spring-blooming perennial of the Eastern deciduous forest from New Brunswick to North Carolina, west to Arkansas and Kansas. Powdered dried leaves were used as a snuff for head congestion, induce sneezing, among other uses. Contains the antitumor compound aristolochic acid. However, like so many compounds, it is reported to both cause and cure cancer. Historically, a frontier ginger substitute.
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