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Turtlehead - Chelone lyoni

Flowers resemble turtle heads. A member of the snapdragon family of plants. Field Guide to North American Wildflowers

Cherokee used the plant to improve appetite, for fevers and worms and to treat sores. A tea from the flowers was used as a gentle laxative. Northern tribes used the plant similarly as have herbalist. In addition there are references to its use for jaundice and to prevent pregnancy. (Hamel/Chiltoskey) (Foster & Duke) (Erichsen-Brown)

lyoni - Named in honor of John Lyon an American botanist of the 19th century. Field Guide to North American Wildflowers

Leaf tea was used as an appetite stimulant. Peterson's Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants (Foster/Duke)

Host plant for the Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly


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