False Unicorn is a perennial herb native to the eastern United States. It can be found in wet meadows and deciduous woodlands and grows to between 1 and 2 feet tall. False Unicorn prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and shade. There are male and female False Unicorn plants. One of each is required for pollination and continued growth. It has a rosette of around six 8–15 cm leaves at the base of the single-stemmed plant, from which a single spike-like flower emerges. The flower is tall and slender and slightly resembles a pipe cleaner or bottle brush. The rhizomes and rootlets were used by Native American women internally to enhance fertility and address pregnancy issues such as cramp relief.
History and Folklore:
The name, False Unicorn, is partly derived from the fact that the rhizome resembles a horn. Native American tribes have used False Unicorn to treat issues related to pregnancy and fertility.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Harvest the rhizomes from mature plants that are over 5 years old. Be sure to leave enough plants so that the stand can survive your harvest. Rhizomes can also be used to start new plants by cutting them into discs, letting them sit overnight and planting about 6 inches apart the next day.
Do not take if pregnant.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
blazing-star, devil’s bit, false unicorn, fairy wand, and helonias.
Ingredients: False Unicorn (Chamaelirium luteum)
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