|Name: Dog's mercury
Name: Mercurialis perennis
Names: Dog's cole, perennial
mercury, Dog's mercury
Used: The herb
For: Emetic, purgative.
The fresh plant is sometimes used as a laxative. A homeopathic tincture is used for rheumatism and stomach problem.
CAUTION: THE FRESH PLANT IS POISONOUS, and the poison is believed to be cumulative in effect Thorough drying or boiling seems to destroy the poisonous activity.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE.
Dog's mercury is a perennial plant found in waste places in the eastern U.S., having been naturalized from Europe, where it grows especially in shady mountain woods. The round, furrowed, glabrous, branched stem bears opposite, dark green, ovate, serrate, hairy leaves. The flowers are light green and axillary, the male in spikes, the female solitary or in twos and threes. Flowering time is April and May.
DO NOT USE.
CAUTION: THE FRESH PLANT IS POISONOUS, and the poison is believed to be cumulative in effect. DO NOT USE.
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