Biennial or perennial flower 0.6-1.2 meters (2-4ft) in height. Lower leaves resemble those of dandelion. Upper leaves are smaller. Flowers are blue-purple in color and composite. Rays of flower are square-tipped.
Found along roadsides and in disturbed soils. Ranges throughout North America.
Uses and Parts Used
Root tea has diuretic and laxative properties. Used for jaundice, skin problems, and fevers. Root extract is a mild sedative and may be used for gallbladder and liver ailments. Root extracts are antibacterial and may lower heart rates.
Approved in Germany as an appetite stimulant and digestive aid. Rarely causes allergic reactions.