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Skunk Cabbage

Lysichiton americanus

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Food and Medicinal Uses:

Leaves applied to skin to draw out thorns and splinters.

Poulticees used treat rheumatism, and joint pain.

Leaves were considered medicine for baldness.



Other Uses:

Ch'ó:kw'e leaves are not edible, but were used as "Indian wax paper" for drying berries and cakes, lining baskets, covering and wrapping food, and lining steam pits. Although the plant smells mildly like skunk, the scent does not seem to pass onto food.

CAUTION: Roots and possibly whole plant is poisonous.

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