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CAUTION: The FRESH PLANT IS POISONOUS, being an irritant and a purgative. The BRIGHT SCARLET BERRIES which appear in fall are EXTREMELY POISONOUS. Deaths of children eating the berries has been recorded. CHILDREN'S DEATHS were preceded by cramps and convulsions. A drop of the juice will cause a burning sensation in the mouth and throat for hours. In its fresh state it is violently irritant to mucous membranes, causing intense burning to the mouth and throat, violent gastro-enteritis and possible death. A fresh slice of the root applied to skin will produce a blister. NOT FOT HOME USE.
|CAUTION: ALL PARTS HARMFUL IF EATEN.
Irritates skin, eyes and mucous membranes.
Oxalic acid, common in spinach and rhubarb, can combine
with serum calcium to form insoluble calcium oxalate.
PROPAGATION: By offset corms removed when plant is dormant or by seed sown in autumn.|
NEEDS: Well-drained, humus-rich soil in dappled shade. Corms will rot if too wet or too cold.
HARVEST: Corms are lifted in autumn or winter when plants go dormant, then are dried for use.
Anodyne, resolvent, sedative, tonic.|
Has been used for numbness after stroke, headache, contusions,
injuries associated with falling, scrofula (TB of the lymph glands of the neck
formerly associated with drinking infected milk), abscesses, pain
in chest and shoulders.