Licorice-Root: Family: Apiaceae
(Parsley Family) Ligusticum
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July 26, 2005 - Cedar Breaks, Iron County, Utah - ©Nicky Davis
Size: 2 to 3 feet tall with 3 to 6 foot tall hollow flower stalks. Flowers: umbrels of tiny white flowers .
Leaves: are pinnately compound. Odor: a spicy celery odor. It looks much like the deadly Poison Hemlock.
syn. Osha, Southern Ligusticum, Loveroot, Lovage, Chuchupate, Licorice Root, Wild Parsley, Porter's Lovage, Porter's Ligusticum
Osha reportedly means bear in some Native American languages and refers to the observation that bears eat this plant as medicine.
The bear is sacred and so they prized this plant as a sacred healing plant using it to treat respiratory disorders especialy a raspy cough,
stomachache, fevers and heartburn. The plant induces menses.
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