Chelone glabra linifolia (Turtleheads)

Turtleheads also known as Balmony, Snake-head or The Hummingbird tree. American Indian tribes used Turtleheads as a laxative, antidepressant and to expel worms or parasites. Dosage is a tincture of 1 to 5 drops. When using it as a laxative beware that one drop may be enough but two may be too many! I don’t know any one with worms these days so maybe leaving that usage in the dust bin of history is prudent.

Photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, (c) some rights reserved

The only place I have seen this unusual wildflower is along the path in the wetland just before crossing the bridge to Mitchell Field.

Photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, (c) some rights reserved

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