Liliaceae Veratrum californicum Dur.

California False Hellebore

Washo - Drug, Contraceptive

Use documented by:
Murphey, Edith Van Allen, 1990, Indian Uses of Native Plants, Glenwood, Ill. Meyerbooks. Originally published in 1959, page 46

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Scientific name: Veratrum californicum Dur.
USDA symbol: VECAC2 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: California False Hellebore
Family: Liliaceae
Family (APG): Nartheciaceae
Native American Tribe: Washo
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Contraceptive
Notes: Infusion of fresh or cured root taken for birth control to ensure sterility for life.

RECRD: 21067 id: 42623