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Plant Details

Ageratina altissima (= Eupatorium rugosum)

White Snakeroot, Common Milk-poison

Scientific Name:

Ageratina altissima (= Eupatorium rugosum)

Common Name:

White Snakeroot, Common Milk-poison

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Size in Feet:

1 - 3

Light:

Sun - Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

August - September - October - November

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, rare in Coast

Notes:

Per Weakley, "this species has been shown to be the cause of the "milk sickness" of pioneer days; the plants contain a poison which is transmissable to humans through cow milk."

Plant

image

Tom Harville
Oct '08

Bloom heads

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Tom Harville
Oct '08

Blooms & Buds

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Tom Harville
Oct '08

Leaf

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Tom Harville
Oct '08

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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