Contractions. - Ver-v. Ve-v.

Nat. ord., Melanthaceae.

Synonym. - Helonias viridis.

Fig. - Bigelow, Amer. Med. Bot., pl. 33.

American Hellebore, Green Hellebore, Itch-weed.

Habitat. - Swamps, low grounds, moist meadows, and by brooks in rocky and mountainous situations from Canada to Carolina.

Flowering time. - May to July.

Part employed. - The root.

Characters. - Closely resembles the Veratrum album; it is a smoother plant, and differs slightly in its flowers, branches, and stalks. Root thick and fleshy, upper portion truncated. The long cylindrical fibres, when dry, are of a pale yellowish colour, and much wrinkled. Stem 3 to 5 feet high. Leaves, lower ones large, oval, acuminate, sheathing.

Time for collecting. - In the autumn.

Preparations. - Tincture of the fresh root imported from North America. Tincture of the dried root, using proof spirit.

Reference to Horn. Proving. - Hale's New Remedies.

Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and lx, Tincture only. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.