Herbs Guide


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.