Chimaphila umbellata - Plant
Common name: Chim
Bloom time: July to August
Height: 6-12 inches
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Growing plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed. Seeds of plants flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Deadhead to prolong flowering.
- Maintain moderate soil moisture and fertilize lightly.
- plant will die with the first frost.
The leaves are nibbled, brewed into a tea or used as a flavouring in root beer. They have a delicious scent and flavour. An extract of the leaves is used to flavour candy and soft drinks[177, 183]. In Mexico the herb is used in the preparation of navaitai , an alcoholic beverage produced from sprouted maize. A tea can be made from an infusion of the stems and roots[161, 177, 212].
- Pipsissewa was much used by many tribes of native North American Indians to induce sweating and treat fevers, including typhus[254, 257].
- The plant contains hydroquinones which have a pronounced disinfectant effect within the urinary tract and modern day herbalism mainly employs the plant to treat urinary problems such as cystitis and urethritis.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
for medicinal use.
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