Family Name: Apiaceae
Botanical Name(s): Sanicula marilandica
Popular Name(s): Sanicle, American Sanicle, Black Snakeroot,
Wood Sanicle, Sanicle Root, Pool Root, Butterwort
Parts Used: Rootstock and leaves
Habitat: Black Sanicle is widely found in the US.
Description: Black Sanicle is a perennial plant, bearing hollow
stem, found in rich woods. The plant is not tall but the fruiting stalk
may rise up to 2 feet. Its small umbels of white, greenish-white or
yellowish flowers bloom from May to July.
Uses: Black Sanicle is used as an astringent, expectorant,
nervine, alterative and depurative substance. It is used as a gargle in
irritations and sores in the mouth and throat. It powdered root is
effective in intermittent fever and chorea.