Scientific Name:Erythronium americanum L.
About this Herb:A native to eastern North America, it can be found growing in early spring while temperatures are still cool and before trees have their summer foliage. A perennial, approximately 1 foot in height having two long leathery green leaves mottled with purplish or brownish spots. One central stem produces one small lily like yellow flower tinged with red, whose petals curve back revealing 5 to 8 narrow yellow spikes in its center.
Common Names:Dogtooth violet, Yellow Snakeleaf, Erythronium, Lamb's Tongue, Snake Leaf, Rattlesnake Violet, Serpent's Tongue, Trout lily
Uses:Adder’s Tongue’s leaves may be added to a salad. Its root bulb can be ground into flour, dried or cooked. Made into a poultice, it has a drawing effect, and is thought to be good for use on pimples, splinters and boils.
Applications:Infusion: Add 1 tsp. fresh leaves or 2 tsp. fresh root to 1 cup boiling water. 1 cup by mouth.
Poultice: Use crushed fresh leaves, or simmer the root in milk until proper consistency. Apply 3-4 times a day.
Tea: Use crushed fresh leaves, or simmer the root in milk until proper consistency. Apply 3-4 times a day.