Also called Yellow Root, Orange Root, Yellow Puccoon, Eyebalm
More About Hydrastis canadensis
- Flowers are small, spidery, white petals with green tips
- Red, raspberry-like, inedible fruit appear in late summer
- Followed by black, shiny seeds
- Flower stalks are topped with two, smaller leaves
- Large, palmate, crinkled, green, basal leaves
- Slow to establish
- Bloom Time: April to May
Cherokee Indians used the bitter tasting root of goldenseal for many purposes, i.e. as an antiseptic, a general health tonic, and to treat snakebite. Iroquois Indians used it to treat whooping cough, pneumonia, and digestive disorders. Early American pioneers used it primarily as an eyewash, to treat sore throats, mouth sores, and digestive disorders. Today it is believed to boost the immune system.
Goldenseal Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grows best in a moist to wet, well-drained soil, in a cool, shaded area.
Hydrastis canadensis Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils