Native to North America, this upright perennial herb from the sunflower family was used medicinally by the native Indian tribes to treat snake bite, fever, diarrhoea and wounds.
The plant was also used to help treat gastroenteritis, whooping cough, influenza, urinary tract disorders, skin diseases and seasonal allergies.
It can be used as an expectorant and has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and flatulence-reducing properties.
A tea can be made from the leaves and flowers and may be taken as a tonic for the cardiovascular system and to help treat candida.
The plant enjoys a full sun position and will reward you with lovely yellow flowers in late summer.