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American false hellebore (Veratrum viride)

Very poisonus


fever-reducing, pain-relieving

Areas of application:

High blood pressure, heart palpitations, fever, shoulder pain, severe arthritis pain, severe muscle and body aches, neck pain, rapid shock-like sensations in all parts of the body

See note below!!!

Plant parts used:

leaves, roots

Collection time:


To find:

In pastures, meadows, open forests, moist soils and swamps.


Chelidonic acid, alkaloids


American false hellebore is an upright, perennial herb that grows to a height of 60 to 210 cm. The leaves are broad at the bottom and arranged spirally on strong stems. The leaves are 10 to 35 cm long and 5 to 20 cm wide. The leaf blade of this plant is widest in the middle and tapers (ovoid) at both ends. The leaves are pinnate on the underside. The flowers are arranged in a large branched inflorescence about 30 to 70 cm long. The flowers are 0.75 to 1.25 cm long with six green to yellow-green sepals. The ovary is located above the base of the sepal and produces flat, winged seeds. As the fruit dries, it splits along two or more seams and releases the seeds. The fruit grows up to 3.2 cm long.

🛑 Since the American false hellebore is considered very poisonous, it should not be taken internally! It can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, cold sweats, slowed breathing, drop in blood pressure and heart rhythm until the heart fails, which ultimately leads to death.

The root can be used for washing soap.

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