Medicinal Trillium in bloom in Seattle

Trillium is blooming now in Madrona, Seattle.  Trillium is an endangered plant that is both edible and medicinal with a long history of use by Native Americans.  A tea made of the root is an excellent anti-spasmodic and used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.  The affinity of this herb for female complaints, and it’s slow growth are part of the reasons for it’s status as endangered.  Trillium can be cultivated in gardens through seed.  It take’s two years to germinate and another two years to bloom,.  Trillium’s common name is “birth root”.

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