Family Name: Araceae
Botanical Name(s): Symplocarpus foetidus
Popular Name(s): Skunk Cabbage, Skunkweed, Meadow Cabbage,
Stinking Poke, Fetid Hellebore, Polecat Weed, Swamp Cabbage
Parts Used: Root and rhizome
Habitat: Collard is found naturally in North America and Asia.
Description: Collard bears large leaves and grows to a height of
1 - 2 feet. The leaves are about 40-55 cm in length and 30-40 cm in
breadth. Its flowers are produced in a 5-10 cm long spadix. The flowers
are purplish-brown in colour and occur before the leaves. All parts of
Collard have a strong, foetid odour.
Uses: Collard is used as anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic,
expectorant and sudorific. It cures spasmodic condition in the lungs and
cough. It may be used in asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough.