Friday, September 25, 2015
Do you know about Indian Pipe Plant ?
Other common names for the plant are Ghost Flower and Corpse Plant, references to the sickly grey-white color of the stalks, leaves, and flowers.
Indian Pipes had some medicinal uses. Both the Native Americans and the European settlers used this plant for medicine. The sap was used as an ophthalmic lotion for treating inflamed eyes or for sharpening vision.
Externally used for treating bunions and warts. This plant was used as a poultice for treating sores. The stems and leaves were used fresh or dried as a tea for treating aches,pains and fevers. The roots were dried and powered as a tea to treat convulsions, fainting spells, fits, epilepsy, insomnia, muscular spams and nervous irritability.
Indian Pipes also had some edible uses. It could be eaten raw, roasted, or boiled.
Although it often tasted like Asparagus it was considered to be
bland and tasteless.
However, this plant contains toxic glycosides, such as andromedotoxin. This plant’s safe use is questionable plus the plant is too scarce to harvest.
I have a few in our yard. When we moved into the house Indian Pipes were everywhere.