The yellowish-green, bell-shaped, drooping flowers of alumroot are on a somewhat hairy stalk, in loose, slender branching clusters, with usually 4 to 5 flowers on each branch.
Flowers: Up to 1/4 inch long; calyx 5-lobed, cup-shaped; petals 5, small, greenish; stamens 5, projecting, with orange anthers; pistil 1, of 2 united carpels.
Leaves: 3 to 4 inches long; wide, basal, long-stalked, heart-shaped, lobed somewhat maple like.
Height: 2 to 3 feet.
Habitat: Shaded slopes and rocks. South Ontario; Connecticut to Georgia; Oklahoma to Michigan.
Properties: Styptic, astringent.
Main Uses: Alumroot leaf tea is used for diarrhea, dysentery, and piles. It is used as a gargle for sore throats. A root poultice is used on wounds, sores and abrasions.
Preparation And Dosages:
Infusion: Steep 1 teaspoon rootstock in 1 cup water. Take 1 to 2 cups a day, a mouthful at a time.
Tincture: Take 10 to 30 drops in water, every one or two hours, as indicated.