One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two North American plants.
the blue cohosh. See cohosh
a yellow-brown parasitic plant related to the broomrape (Conopholis americana, family Orobanchaceae)
- ‘Other common names for this plant are black root, bugbane, rattle root, rattle top, rattle squawroot, snake root and rattle weed.’
- ‘As Quinn observed, ‘There were countless ‘squawroots ‘, for the colonists bestowed this convenient name upon any root they saw a squaw digging.’’
- ‘Peculiar, parasitic beechdrops grow on the roots of beech trees; squawroot, another plant devoid of chlorophyll, gains its nutrition from the leaf litter.’
- ‘As a group, members of the genus Trillium are commonly known as trillium, wakerobin, toadshade, squawroot, or carrion flower and they have recently gained interest as garden plants.’
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