Western meadow rue grows in cool, moist forests and the male and female flowers grow on separate plants - this star-shaped pinwheel is representative of the female plant, while the male plant tends to resemble hanging lanterns. Traditionally First Nations' peoples used the plant medicinally as an infusion to treat fevers, as a love charm and also as a stimulant for horses. Occasionally young leaves were cooked as food but have been known to be linked to toxic plants. Meadow rue is currently being researched for possible use in the treatment of cancer.
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