White Pond Lily

(Nymphaea odorata) An American waterlily, much used in the past by native American groups for food and medicine (Yarnell). The flower buds were eaten, either cooked or pickled (Coffey), and so were the leaves, boiled as greens. The roots were used as a substitute for soap, and they also yield a brown dye, as well as producing a liquid that, mixed with lemon juice, was supposed to remove freckles (Sanford). The root was used, too, in dysentery and diarrhoea, and the leaves and roots have been used as a poultice to boils, tumours, etc., (Grieve. 1931).

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