Herb: Rattlesnake Root

Latin name: Prenanthes altissimus

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Rattlesnake Root:

The plant is used as a poultice. A poultice of the crushed roots has been used to treat rattlesnake bites.

Description of the plant:


180 cm
(6 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Moist woods.

Propagation of Rattlesnake Root:

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer if they have grown enough. If not, grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following spring after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist woods.

Known hazards of Prenanthes altissimus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.