Medicinal Plants

Concerned with relieving pain and healing their children, First Nations women became experienced herbalists. By observing animals and experimenting on themselves, sometimes at the peril of their lives, they came to understand the power of plants and their healing properties. Through the centuries, this knowledge became both vital and sacred. Certain mixtures were thus kept secret, transmitted only from mother to daughter.

Found in this garden is the Canadian bloodroot. This plant is dangerous as its roots secrete a red substance which is used to repel stinging insects.

In the spring, pretty blue flowers appear in the Jardin des origines. It is wild garlic and its consumption cleanses the digestive system. Because this plant has been picked without restraint for too long, wild garlic is now a protected species in Quebec.

Sanguinaire du Canada
Canadian bloodroot
Photo: Botanical Garden of Montreal (Gilles Murray)
Jardin «Les 3 sœurs»
Wild garlic
Photo: Frédéric Coursol
Sanguinaire du Canada
Canadian bloodroot
Photo: Botanical Garden of Montreal (Gilles Murray)

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