White Sanicle

Biological Name:

Sanicula odorata (White-Sanicle)

Natural Habitat:

White sanicle is a type of flowering plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It is typically found in moist, shaded areas, such as woods, thickets, and along streambanks.


White-Sanicle is a perennial herb that is native to North America. It has small white flowers and opposite oval-shaped leaves. It is often found in moist shaded areas and is used in traditional medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What is white snakeroot used for?
A: Uses and Parts Used: Root tea used for ague, diarrhea, kidney stones, and fever. Root poultice used to treat snakebites. Smoke from burning green leaves used to revive unconscious people.

Q: What happens if I touch white snakeroot?
A: The leaves and stems of white snakeroot contains tremetol which is toxic to both animals and humans. It’s an accumulative toxin which means that it’ll take time to build to toxic levels. The toxin affects the heart and causes muscular degeneration, loss of coordination, tremors, irregular heart rate.

Q: Is snakeroot good for anything?
A: People use Indian snakeroot for high blood pressure, anxiety, constipation, malaria, insomnia, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Q: How much white snakeroot is poisonous?
A: However, all species should be considered toxic until proven otherwise. Animals eating 1% to 10% of their body weight of green white snakeroot can be fatally poisoned. Rayless goldenrod in the amount of 1% to 2% of body weight over a period of weeks can be lethal to horses.

Q: Where does white snake root grow?
A: Ageratina altissima commonly called white snakeroot, is native to woodland areas in the Eastern United States. It is common throughout Missouri where it typically occurs in rich or rocky woods, thickets, wood margins and rocky areas (Steyermark).

Q: Should I pull white snakeroot?
A: How to Control White Snakeroot? If you graze animals, you should control White Snakeroot as it can kill your livestock, and the milk produced to kill you too.

Q: Do you cut back snakeroot in the fall?
A: This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics. Black Negligee Snakeroot is recommended for the following landscape applications; Mass Planting.

Q: Is white snakeroot good for wildlife?
A: White snakeroot’s greatest appeal is what it provides insects. Because the plant blooms so late in the season, its flowers provide much-needed food to bees, moths and flies searching for sustenance during the autumn. Flies will also lay their eggs on white snakeroot leaves for them to hatch in the spring.

Q: Is white snakeroot poisonous to dogs?
A: White snakeroot. All parts are poisonous, especially to dogs, horses, rabbits. Wild and domestic cherry. Leaves and stems are highly toxic.

Q: Do butterflies like white snakeroot?
A: One of the last natives to flower, white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) is a late-season boon to hungry pollinators like bees, butterflies, and moths. Its frothy white disc flowers bloom from late summer through fall and provide vital nectar and pollen before the weather turns cold and food becomes scarce.

Q: Is white snakeroot poisonous to humans?
A: The common name “snakeroot” comes from an old and incorrect belief that this plant could help treat venomous snakebites. Instead, if eaten, this plant is toxic to mammals and can kill cattle and horses (where the malady is called “trembles”) as well as humans, who can be killed by drinking milk from poisoned cattle.

Q: Do birds eat white snakeroot seeds?
A: Bees, butterflies, and moths utilize the flowers, while the foliage supports caterpillars, which in turn feed young birds. Adult birds feed on the seeds. Note that White Snakeroot contains the toxin tremetol which causes “the trembles”” in cattle and other livestock making it deer resistant

Q: Why is snake plant not pet friendly?
A: Although the popular snake plant is only mildly toxic to pets, it does contain saponins—a natural chemical produced by the plant to protect it from insects, microbes, and fungi. This chemical can cause gastrointestinal upset in pets.

Q: Do snake plants clean the air?
A: Another popular houseplant, the snake plant (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue) has a multitude of air-cleaning tricks up its sleeve. It removes formaldehyde, xylene and nitrogen oxides from the air, and at night continues its hard work.

Q: Is white snakeroot poisonous to cows?
A: Discussion: White snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum) is a member of the daisy family that can cause severe toxicities in livestock and humans.

Q: Is snakeroot toxic to humans?
A: The common name snakeroot comes from an old and incorrect belief that this plant could help treat venomous snakebites. Instead, if eaten, this plant is toxic to mammals and can kill cattle and horses as well as humans, who can be killed by drinking milk from poisoned cattle.

Q: How do you control white snakeroot?
A: White snakeroot has smooth upright stems, tooth-edged leaves and white flower clusters. White snakeroot grows in shady areas and woodlands. Applying multiple rounds of herbicide, fencing horses out and mowing are the best control practices.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.