Species Detail

Ceanothus spp. unconfirmed
redroot


Scientific Name:  
Ceanothus spp. unconfirmed
Common Name:  
redroot
Myaamia Name:  
neehpikiciikaahkwi
Uses:  
Medicinal, Customs
Harvest Seasons:  
Undetermined
Habitats:  
Dry Prairie grasslands
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Shrub

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Ceanothus spp. unconfirmed
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Description  a small bush; similar to the huckleberry; which grows on the prairies and has a short; thick; red root
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Medicinal  thick red root made into tea for curing
Burns, N.L. 2003 Use - Customs  a traditional story recounts some Peorias that wanted to scare off a white family looking for a house to lease.
Botanical Sources  
Ceanothus spp. unconfirmed
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   Ceanothus americanus; sometimes called New Jersey tea; or redroot; or C. herbaceus; called Prairie redroot were probably both indicated by neehpikiccikaahkwi; both growing in prairies through Indiana and Oklahoma
Related Sources  
Ceanothus spp. unconfirmed
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Steyermark, J.A. 1963   a tea was made from the leaves during the American Revolution. No caffeine is found in the leaves; but the root was once used as an expectorant and astringent; and the root bark has been found to have many blood-clotting properties.