Propagation: By seed, germination about 15 days; by root division in spring; in the fall by offsets with 1 bud and 1 eye, taken from the parent root and set out.
Nature of Plant: 10 feet high, sturdy, almost unbranching plant with huge leaves, broad at the base and tapering to a point; small orange flower disks bordered with a shaggy fringe.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 2 to 2 1/2 feet.
Cultural Requirements: Light sandy soil, moderately moist; keep free from weeds; seeds when ripe can be planted in cold frame for winter; commercial growers increase stock rapidly by cutting roots of mature plants into 2-inch pieces, setting them in enriched sandy soil in a warm place.
Root: (Culinary) Candy, pudding; (Industrial) for flavoring absinthe, vermouth, herbal tobacco, in blue dye; (Health) in cough suppresants, support for asthma and skin problems, veterinary medicine.
Dosage: Of the dried root, one ounce steeped in a pint of boiling water twenty minutes, one cup three times daily; of the liquid extract, 10-30 drops, three times daily.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
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