GOLDEN SEAL—ILLUSTRATION, ETC—What information can you give me of golden seal, what do the plants look like and what is the shape of the leaf? On what kind of ground does it grow most, and does it grow in this state Wisconsin?
The following is from “Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants,” which gives several chapters on golden seal: “Golden seal occurs in patches in high open woods where there is plenty of leaf mold, and usually on hillsides or bluffs affording natural drainage, bot is not found in very moist or swampy situations, in prairie land or in sterile soil. It is native from southern New York to Minnesota and western Ontario, south to Georgia and Missouri. “It is a perennial plant and the thick yellow root stock sends up an erect, hairy stem about a foot in height, around the base of which are two or three yellowish scales. The stems, as they emerge from the ground, are bent over, the tops still remaining underground and sometimes the stems show some distance above the surface before the tops are brought out of the soil. The yellow color of the roots and scales ex tends partly up the stem so far as it is covered by soil, while the portlier of the stem above the ground has a purplish color. Golden seal has only two leaves (rarely three), the stem bearing these seeming to fork at the top, one branch supporting a large leaf and the other a smaller one and a flower. Occasionally there is a third leaf, much smaller than the other two and stem less. ‘:The leaves are prominently veined on the lower surface and are palmate 5 to 9 lobed, the lobes broad, acute, sharply and unequally toothed.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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