Hippocrates, the Greek physician, known as the "Father of Medicine," over two thousand years ago, considered this plant important as a brain and stomach stimulant, and it has been used ever since for various ailments. The country housewife has great faith in its virtues, and her Elecampane tea is still used for coughs and colds, and as a general tonic. It has also been used as an antiseptic in surgery. Farmers use the large, mucilaginous roots to advantage in treating sick horses. The stout, usually unbranched, leafy stalk grows from two to six feet in height. The large, curving, alternating leaf is broadly oblong and pointed. It is rough above and downy beneath; finely toothed, strongly ribbed, thick-textured, and clasps the stalk, often with a pair of flaring lobes. The larger, lower leaves taper toward either end, and are set on slender stems. The solitary, large, yellow flower heads are set on the top of stout, terminal, single leafed stems, and are supported with a small, single leaf, which is set close to their shallow green cups. The numerous tubular florets are set in a large, flat disc, and are surrounded with a- fringe of many long, narrow, curving spreading rays. Elecampane is found along roadsides, fence rows, and in fields, from July to September, from Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Minnesota, south to North Carolina and Missouri.