Edible usesThere are no edible uses listed for Lobelia siphilitica.
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The leaves are analgesic and febrifuge. An infusion has been used in the treatment of colds and fevers. A poultice of the crushed leaves has been applied to the head to relieve the pain of headaches. At one time in N. America the root of this plant was believed to be effective in the treatment of VD. When used in Europe, however, it was found to be ineffective. This might have been because the N. American Indians used the fresh root (which still contained the volatile oils) and also used it in conjunction with Podophyllum peltatum and Prunus virginiana, and then dusted the ulcers with the bark of Ceanothus americanus. It was believed by some native North American Indian tribes that if the finely ground roots were secretly added to the food of an arguing couple then this would avert a divorce and they would love each other again.A homeopathic remedy is made from the roots.
Division in spring. Basal cuttings in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.Layering in moist sand, it forms roots at the nodes.
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