Squaw Root

Squaw Root

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Squaw Root A Plant For You

Looking for a hardy and unique perennial. Why not take a closer look at the squaw-root plant? This cone shaped plant grows easily among oak and beech trees. A cone shape bloom, a pale cream in color proves very easy to grow. When bloomed it resembles the shape of common pine cones. The height ranges from 1 to three feet tall when fully mature.

This wonderful variety is self-seeding, spreading beautifully at the root of its tree source. While most plants seek sunlight, squaw-root plants look to attach to the roots of oak and beech trees for its life source. Many gardeners enjoy the beauty with little effort, and so can you.

Like many plants found in nature, it too has medicinal properties. Used by many herbalists as an expectorant to reduce congestion and in the treatment of bronchial related conditions. It has been used to reduce toxins by promoting perspiration. As a diuretic increasing the elimination of excess water in some patients. This variety has been known to be very helpful for easing the child birth process as well. So, why not look into planting this beauty today! Squawroot, also known as “cancer root” or “bear cone”, is a curious and interesting scaly, brown plant that grows low to the ground, resembling a pine cone. It is found in clusters on the ground at the foot of oak or beech trees because it does not photosynthesize on its own. The Squawroot actually nourishes itself like a parasite, attaching to the root system of the tree and gaining all its nutrients from it. The seedlings grow underground for three to four years, attaching itself to the roots of the tree. It is then that it sends its scaly, flowering stems up to the surface where yellow to cream-colored flowers develop. It is a good source of many forest animals, including deer and black bear.