Butterbur Live Root (Petasites palmatus), organic


Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Zones 6 to 10

Herbaceous perennial.  Native to the Western US.  The plant bears luxurious, umbrella-shaped leaves. Traditional use (TWM, Native American):  Antitussive, pain relief, poultice to swellings, rheumatic joints.  Contains Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids, generally recommended for external use only.  Plant prefers gravelly soils, regular garden soils, and/or streamside habitat.  Will take sun or shade.  Easily grown from a root, just nestle the root into the surface of the soil with the rootlets going down the rhizome (the long, fat part) about half covered with soil.  Keep watered until the root sends up leaves.  After that, water occasionally.

Live root, Certified Organically Grown


Butterbur roots ship starting in September. All orders received prior to that time will be backordered and sent first come, first served.  Please let us know if you require your roots to be sent at a particular time. Use the “Order Notes” field at checkout.  Roots are available to the USA only.