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Boar Hog Root
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:47:59 PM »
Has anyone ever heard this common name for a plant, it's an appalachian medicinal. A fella called me tonight, he was farmer from near chattanooga. We got side tracked from the main topic and discussed several plants. He asked me about this plant... I've never heard of it.

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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 09:52:24 PM »
its bo' hog root

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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 09:58:40 PM »
This ole fella didn't have his dentures in...  ;D

He had to repeat a lot of things during the conversation!

That name isn't in my books either, the closest is borage

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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 10:02:00 PM »
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Has anyone ever heard this common name for a plant

When I first saw this topic I got excited...thought you were talking about a hog wallow. :) Figured a Boar had been rooting around.
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2013, 10:03:05 PM »
With his teeth in he was saying "nettles"  :o
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2013, 10:08:16 PM »
I started lookin' for teats...
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2013, 11:25:27 AM »
Today I started a list of all the strange plants I get asked about. Over the last couple of years people I know IRL have learned I have an interest in plants. At first I got questions from folks I know well. Now I get them from people I've never met but know of me like the guy last night. He'd called about electrical parts for an old sawmill but somehow he knew to ask me about plants. The guy lives 150 miles from me!

A total stranger who works in the wally world pharmacy asked me about poke salat last week. The pharmacist stopped what she doing to listen. I didn't know whether to be embarrassed or flattered. Mostly embarrassed. I'm a novice at this, why are they asking me?

Anyway, today I started going through old note books/pads. I'm only copying the really strange questions to my list and will continue to add to it. Who knows it could actually turn out to be fun, some of the very commom names I've heard are hilarious! Like Wooly Britches! (you have to read it with the accent)
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2013, 11:49:13 AM »
It's likely Ligusticum canadense
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2013, 11:20:33 PM »
we ran across it today numerous times growing near a creek on a plant hike with Darryl Patton...

scaringly enough, it reminds me of water hemlock... big time... matter of fact, I could have sworn it was hemlock... where the teeth terminate was the main indicator it was not.. they terminated in between the teeth instead of at the point of the teeth... but let me assure you, the smooth stalk and jointed stem at the stalk and leaves look sooooo much like it....

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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2013, 11:24:35 PM »
Along those lines, I was thinking today how many common, colloquial names begin with 'bull'.  Bull trout, bull pine, bullmastif, bullheads, bullneck.  Is it just a common way to express 'large'?
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2013, 06:43:04 AM »
Along those lines, I was thinking today how many common, colloquial names begin with 'bull'.  Bull trout, bull pine, bullmastif, bullheads, bullneck.  Is it just a common way to express 'large'?

The same with "horse" to indicate larger or sometimes rough.

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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2013, 04:53:26 PM »
@ Dew: http://eattheweeds.com/forum/index.php?topic=1969.0

I just can't wrap my head around this quite yet... and it's important that I do.. Thanks for the link Janos.

I have pictures of water  hemlock, and I took some picture of a wimpy poison hemlock over the weekend.. and also the boar hog root which to me reminds me of them..

so, based off the link, one of the most deadliest plants in the south the veins terminate between the teeth and the other most deadliest plant in the southeast, the veins terminate at the tips of the teeth... well, that's very comforting...

I will say this, at some point soon when I get some time, I'm going to put a leaf picture of the poison hemlock, water hemlock and boar hog root next to each other and create one picture with all three that is labeled.

On another note, I found another wimpy looking poison hemlock just this morning that has red tinted leaves and even some of the white flowers had some red...  Isn't that strange?
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013, 06:08:20 PM »
A lot of them around here develop that red tinge when it gets hot, Dew.  Or if they are in dry locations and struggling.
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Re: Boar Hog Root
« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2013, 05:47:53 PM »
Not sure what plant boar hog root actually is, did some research on it years ago. But, according to a couple older Cherokee women, they were looking for it for their husbands. Seems this stuff makes viagra look tame. Course, this was before viagra. Since, I have met older black men who know of it. Maybe it is time for more research. The stuff is real, of that I am sure.