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Devil's Bit

Chamaelirium luteum


old Latin names: Helonias dioica, and Veratrum luteum Common names aka: Blazing-Star, Starwort, False Unicorn, Fairy Wand It is included in the USDA Threatened And Endangered Plant List Flowers late May to Mid June The flowers can be either male or female. The female plants can grow up to 4 feet tall, the males grow half that size. The first Photo is the Male plant The second Photo is the Female plant


Found in open areas with moderate supply of moisture, rich hardwood forests or wet meadows. Woodland perennial in the Lily Family Basal rosette of light green leaves with single dioecious 12" flowering stalk and white-greenish flowers.


A remedy made from the root of this plant is predominantly used in Homeopathy for for women, who are exhausted by frequent pregnancies, or miscarriages. Women with prolapse from uterine weakness with a sensitiveness expressed as a consciousness of the womb. For those worn out with hard work, sleepless with strained muscles that burn and ache, especially of the back muscles. Sensation of weakness, dragging and in the sacrum and pelvis with great languor and prostration. The root contains high valuable substances, which have been used as medicine by native Americans.

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1 Comment

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

There is a mission for useful and edible plants of the Eastern US where you could add this spotting:

Lynn Cremona
Spotted by
Lynn Cremona

Jackson Township, New Jersey, USA

Spotted on Jun 16, 2014
Submitted on Jul 27, 2014

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