TITLE

SPANISH NEEDLES, SOAPBUSH NEEDLES

AUTHOR(S)
Foster, Steven; Duke, James A.
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants & Herbs of Eastern & Ce;2000, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on Spanish Needles, Soapbush Needles or Bidens bipinnata. The plant is a square-stemmed annual which grows from 1 to 3 feet. Its leaves are strongly dissected and fern-like. It is usually found in waste places and sandy oil. Cherokees used leaf tea as a worm expellent. Leaves were chewed for sore throats. And plant juice was once used for eardrops and as a styptic. The plant may be an irritant. A related species has central nervous system-depressant and blood sugar-lowering activity.
ACCESSION #
18058664

 

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