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Bowman's Root (Gillenia trifoliata)
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Other common names: Bowmans Root, Indian Physic
Family: Rosacae (Rose)
Height: 2 to 3 ft.
Blooms: May to July
Leaf Type: divided
Bloom Size: 1.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Allegheny River Trail
Notes: Petals irregularly arranged.
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.