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A Tale of 3 Weeds

Three weeds commonly found on the roadsides of North Carolina played an important role in the family routines of the 1800s. Boneset, White snakeroot, and Queen of the Meadow would have all been well known to mountain women for their individual properties. Boneset was used to make Boneset tea, a reputed purge for summer germs and fevers, and White snakeroot was known to be poisonous, most often inducing 'milk sickness' in persons who drank milk from cows that had ingested the weed. Queen of the Meadow was used as a late summer decorative flower that signified the passing of the seasons.
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