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“~ WATERS EDGE ~” by Jeana Clark.
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A noxious weed to Kansas, this Bull Thistle has had many uses in the past......
"Native Americans drank a warm tea of the roots to aid digestion and used the steam to treat muscle stiffness and rheumatism. A tea of the leaves was taken for neuralgia. The roots were also used to treat stomach cramps and were eaten as a food source. The fresh flowers were chewed to cover up the taste of medicines and the achene bristles were used as the tail for blow darts."