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Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Still Need Info - Swedish Roseroot
From: ntlor.primenet.com (Sharon Rust)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 1995 23:06:17 -0700

> Need data on Arctic Root, also called Swedish Roseroot, or Rhodiola rosea plant. It is supposedly an Adaptogen. Please tell me source references if you can, since I want to write an article on this.

I looked this plant up (Rhodiola rosea) in Britton and Brown and it has 2 other latin names, Sedum roseum and Sedum rhodiola. I found sedum roseum (roseroot) in an old copy of "Wild, Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska" Cooperative Extension Service U of Alaska 1973 reprint. It doesn't talk about its adaptogenic qualities but it does say the fleshy stems and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as greens. The root was eaten on the Seward Peninsula where it is sometimes abundantly available.