Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
White Snakeroot
Ageratina altissima
Location: Woods, sw meadow

Range: eastern N,. America
Plants are found in woods and brush thickets where they bloom mid to late summer or fall. The flowers are a clean white color and after blooming small seeds with fluffy white tails are released to blow in the wind. Contains the toxin tremetol; tremetol poisoning is also called milk sickness, as humans often ingested the toxin by drinking the milk of cows who had eaten snakeroot. It was the cause of death of Nancy Hanks, mother of Abraham Lincoln.
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Genus: Ageratina (Snakeroot)
Family: Asteraceae (compositae ( aster, daisy, or sunflower family))
Order: Asterales (asterales)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)