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MEDICINAL USE: Bowman's root has also been used as a poultice for bee stings and swellings.

MAGICKAL USE: Use Bowman's root in any rituals for courage. If you have trouble with public speaking, put a small piece of the stem in your pocket before the event to bolster your courage.

Native Americans used Bowman's root for amenorrhea, rheumatism, dropsy, dyspepsia, worms, and intermittent fever. It was also used as a laxative and emetic.


DESCRIPTION: Bowman's root has erect white or pinkish flowers, about 1 1/2 inches wide. The flowers are in loose terminal panicles. The 5 petals are narrow, oblique, irregular, and almost stalkless. It flowers May - July.

The leaves are 2-4 inches long, toothed, with tiny stipules. They are also alternate and divided into three, nearly stalkless, unequal, toothed leaflets.

The root is thick with thin bark and many fissured rootlets. Several erect, slender stems that are reddish-brown emerge from it. The root has a bitter taste.

Bowman's root grows to a height of 2-3 feet.

CULTIVATION: Bowman's root inhabits rich woodlands. It is native to the United States. This plant ranges from Southern Ontario to New York, south to Georgia, west to Alabama, north to Michigan.

To grow in the garden, give Bowman's root slightly moist rich soil, and part shade. Hardiness zones for this plant are zones 3-8.