White snakeroot, Ageratina altissima

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 8 October 2017 in Plant & Nature.

Fall has begun, as seen by changing color and seed formation. This photo shows seed heads of white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima (old name, Eupatorium rugosum). The plant contains a toxin that can cause severe toxicity in grass-eating animals and in humans. The toxin also enters the milk of lactating animals, making the milk toxic to their young and to humans who ingest it. Milk sickness is thought to have caused the death of the mother of President Abraham Lincoln. This attractive wildflower is widespread, grows easily in moist shade or part-shade. It blooms in late summer and attracts a variety of insects. Snakeroot can be confused with the herb boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatum.

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

So natural . . a sense of calm . .

8 Oct 2017 7:14am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, focus, colors & bokeh!

8 Oct 2017 8:35am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


8 Oct 2017 11:17am

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

A besutiful plant with a tragic history here! Wow! What an interesting story and fantastic shot, Karla.
Is this the new camera? The Sony's are REALLY making a good name for themselves .. Cheers to you sll.. ;-)

9 Oct 2017 3:35am