One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American plant of the lily family, with a rosette of leaves and a spike of small goblet-shaped white or cream flowers. It was formerly used in the treatment of colic.
Aletris farinosa, family Liliaceae
- ‘Many prairie remnants are vulnerable to common right-of-way maintenance activities such as mowing, herbiciding, and bulldozing. Among them are big bluestem, flowering spurge, rosinweed, field milkwort, colic root, three-awned grass, short-fruited rush, Clinton's bulrush.’
- ‘Another name for colic root is true unicorn root which shows its value in the treatment of digestive colic.’
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