Photos of Verbena urticifolia, White Verbena, Nettle-leaf Verbena
Verbena urticifolia, White Verbena, Nettle-leaf Verbena with tiny white flowers, blooming in succession along a crowded, widely separating panicle is a tall plant (1-2 m) found throughout much of the eastern U.S. Fresh leaf poultice or a wash of the leaves used in ninteenth century America as a treatment for poison ivy or poison sumach exposure. Boiled with the inner bark of white oak for the teatment of poison sumach or for the treatment of erysiplas (St. Anthony's fire), a bacterial skin infection. One of the remedies promoted by Samuel Thomson (1769-1843), the root of which was used in strong infusion for fevers; also as an emetic. The root was traded commercially. According to Huron H. Smith in his 1828 work Ethnobotany of the Meskwaki Indians, the Meskwaki used the root for the treatment of profuse menstruation, also root eaten to revive patient and to restore to health.
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