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Hydrastis canadensis

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

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

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. 

Zone:

3

Height:

15-30 cm

Spread:

15-30 cm

Colour:

White
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Goldenseal Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows best in a moist to wet, well-drained soil, in a cool, shaded area.  


Hydrastis canadensis Characteristics

Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario

Soil Moisture

Moist to Average
Well-drained
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Berries
Juglan Tolerant

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Clumping

Foliage Color

Green

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Woodland/woods edge