Growing Dogbane Outdoor Plants
Dogbane outdoor plants are native to North America, temperate Asia, and Southeast Europe. The flowers of the dogbane outdoor plants are generally white with a red tint and often produce a nectar that attracts insects. When insects land on the flowers of the dogbane outdoor plants, they usually land on a set of five scales found inside the corolla of the bloom. When pressed, these scales typically bend inward, trapping the insects inside. The roots and stems of the dogbane outdoor plants normally contain a milky sap that dries into a consistency similar to that of rubber. The roots and dried rhizomes of the plant are used medicinally. The roots are said to be mostly odorless and to have a starchy taste and bitter aftertaste. Dogbane outdoor plants is considered a somewhat invasive plant. It typically flowers from May to August and can often be found in its natural habitat, the forests, pastures, and disused open spaces of North America. Native Americans are believed to have once used the bark of the dogbane outdoor plants to make fibers for nets, fishing lines, twine, and clothing.
The roots of the dogbane outdoor plants have been traditionally used in medicinal preparations to treat illnesses such as syphilis, rheumatism, and scrofula. The roots of the Indian hemp plant are believed to contain a cardiac tonic that can be used to slow the pulse. dogbane outdoor plants is generally recognized as a powerful hydragogue, or cathartic that helps eliminate fluid from the bowels.