Lythrum. Spiked Loosestrife, Purple Willow-herb.
Lythrum. L. Salicaria L. Spiked Loosestrife. Purple Willow-herb. Salicaire, Fr. Rother Weiderich, G.—This is an elegant perennial plant of the fam. Lythraceae, a native of Europe, but naturalized from Quebec to Delaware. The dried herb is inodorous, and has an herbaceous, somewhat astringent taste. It has been used as a demulcent astringent in diarrhea and chronic dysentery. The dose of the powdered herb is about a drachm two or three times a day. A decoction of the root, prepared by boiling an ounce in a pint of water, may be given in the dose of two fluidounces (60 mils).