A perennial plant considered modest when it comes to its ornamental qualities but with a long history in the traditional medicine of Native Americans people. Personally, I think that the white spiked inflorescences, especially on well branched plants, are quite handsome.
The plant part used in herbal medicine is the root. Main uses among Native Americans include: inflammations, cold, sore throats, and the most important, to treat snakebites, hence its common name. Later it was used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis. Today it is still collected from the wild in Canada and cultivated on a small scale in a few other countries. The demand for Seneca snakeroot is estimated to grow in the future with the herbal remedies becoming more and more in demand.
Germination: sown in the fall or early spring after 2-3 months of cold/moist stratification.