The Herb We Call Snakeroot – Digging Roots in Kentucky

One of the best-known alkaloids in Snakeroot is ajmaline, a class Ia antiarrhythmic agent often used in diagnosis of patients suspected of having Brugada syndrome, a condition that causes disruption to the heart’s normal rhythm. when you see the appearance of the plant/ Herb White Snakeroot grows to be between 1 to 3 feet tall, producing 6-inch long, deeply serrated green leaves and fluffy rounded flower heads that are up to 6-inches across and composed of tiny white florets. The fragrant flowers last for about two months in late summer and early fall.

Ageratina altissima, also known as white snakeroot, richweed, or white sanicle, is a poisonous perennial herb if eaten at the wrong time. Snakeroot is native to eastern and central North America.

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The stems branch at the top where white clusters of flowers bloom from summer through fall. Snakeroot prefers moist, shady areas and is often found along roadsides, woods, fields, thickets and under powerline clearances

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