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Hydrastis Canadensis  - Golden Seal

Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal

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Botanical Latin Name: Hydrastis Canadensis Common Name: Goldenseal, Orangeroot, or Yellow Puccoon. Sun Exposure: Prefers shaded canopy of trees in the forest allowing 60% to 70% light. Hardiness Zones: Zone 5 - 8. Native to southern Canada and nor

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Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal

 

Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal also called orangeroot or yellowroot is a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. The Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal is native to Canada and eastern United States. It can be distinguished by its thick yellow knotted rootstock. Goldenseal mostly reproduces clonally through the rhizome. This plant bears two palmate hairy leaves with 5-7 double-toothed lobes and single, small, inconspicuous flowers in late spring. In the summer the Goldenseal produces a single berry the size of the average raspberry. Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal is used in herbal medicine. The roots and rhizomes are harvested and used as a multi-purpose remedy beacue of their high concentrations of berberine and hydrastine. Sun Exposure: Prefers shaded canopy of trees in the forest allowing 60% to 70% light. Hardiness Zones: Zone 5 - 8. Native to southern Canada and northeastern North America. Mature Height: 10 to 15 inches tall. Spread: Use rootstock about 1/2 inch long as seeds are too challenging to produce without the tallness. Spacing: Plant 8 inches apart in rows. Growth Rate: Harvest roots and stems in the fall three years after planting. Flowering Time: The flowers appear two years after planting. How Long It Flowers: April and May. Flower Color: Small with green and white stamens. Soil Requirements: Well-drained and humus-rich in a shaded area. Pruning: Rootlets can transplant during their dormant period in October. Hydrastis Canadensis - Golden Seal is also used for the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections, as well as stuffy nose and hay fever. Some people use goldenseal for digestive disorders including stomach pain and swelling (gastritis), peptic ulcers, colitis, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and intestinal gas. Goldenseal is used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), internal bleeding, bleeding after childbirth, liver disorders, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), jaundice, gonorrhea, fever, pneumonia, malaria, whooping cough, and an eating disorder called anorexia. Goldenseal is applied to the skin for rashes, ulcers, wound infections, itching, eczema, acne, dandruff, ringworm, herpes blisters, and cold sores. It is used as a mouthwash for sore gums and mouth.

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