Scorzonera radiata

Dmitry Poltavsky - Scorzonera radiata

Dmitry Poltavsky - Scorzonera radiata

Scorzonera is a genus of flowering plants in the Asteraceae family. It is often claimed that the name of the genus Scorzonera derives from the old French word Scorzon meaning snake, which seems likely given a widespread belief that the plant makes a good antidote against bites of venomous snakes. Alternatively, the name could be derived from the Italian Scorza negra meaning black bark and indicating the dark brown to black skin of the root. Scorzonera radiata is used for the treatment of diarrhea, lung edema, parasitic diseases, and fever caused by bacterial and viral infections in Chinese and Mongolian traditional medicine.