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Swallowwort

SWALLOWWORT
Chelidonium majus Poppy Family Papaveraceae
April- July inferquent
Description: From 12 to 36 inches tall. Erect but spreading habit, with a yellowish sap when stem is broken. Leaves are divided into tooth sagments.  Stems are hairy, flowers have 4 peatal with the erect seed pod emerging from the center before the petals drop. The sap was onces recommended as eye medicine, since birds were thought to so treat their young, hence the name. The plant is poisonous internally and externally.

Location: Moist wood borders, stream banks
 
 
Swallowwort
Seed pods
Hairy stem of the Swallowwort
 
Swallowwort Flower

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