Scientific name: Polemonium reptans
Common names: Abscess Root, American Greek Valerian, Blue Bells, False Jacobs Ladder, Sweatroot
Bangladesh names: Kend, kendu
Arabic names: الزهر الأزرق (azzahru al azraq)
Rain forest name:
Approximate number of species known:
Common parts used: Root
Height: Up to 0.5 metres
Actions: Astringent, alterative, diaphoretic, expectorant
Known Constituents: Not known at present
Native to eastern North America.
Has fast-growing creeping roots.
Located in damp grounds, woods, river banks, under shade.
Stems can reach a height of 10 inches, with many branches.
Leaves grow up to 20cm long with 5-13 leaflets.
Flowers are blue and grow to 1.13cm.
Roots are up to 2 inches long, slender with a bitter taste.
In its heyday was an anti-inflammatory remedy with a calming effect on fevers.
Has also been used to aid respiratory problems.
Also used for bowel, lungs, consumption, an antidote to poisonous snake and insect bites.
A wine-glassful of abscess was once taken to alleviate coughs and colds.