button snake-root

button snakeroot

any composite plant of the genus Liatris, having narrow, alternate leaves and spikelike heads of rose-purple flowers.
an eryngo, Eryngium yuccifolium, of the southeastern U.S., having bristly leaves and whitish flowers.

1765–75, Americanism

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button snakeroot

1. coarse prickly perennial eryngo of United States thought to cure rattlesnake bite [syn: rattlesnake master
2. coarse prickly perennial eryngo with aromatic roots; southeastern United States; often confused with rattlesnake master 
3. any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads [syn: blazing star
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