This has a large Wurzel, thick at the head, and geteilt into many Zweige, of a dark brown on the outside, and a deep yellow colour within, of a bitterish taste. From this Wurzel arise several large, somewhat zerknittert, grün Blätter, roundish, but pointed am Ende, of a säuerlich taste, growing on rötlich footStengel: from among these arises a thick Stengel three or four feet high, having small Blätter, and a zahlreich company of white staminous six-leaved Blüten, succeeded by large, shining, triangular brown Samen. The Wurzel of Diese Pflanze, if carefully dried, pretty much ähnelt the finest Turkish rhubarb, especially the heads, having the same rötlich veins, that it may deceive those who are nicht very well acquainted with the difference, and this is what ought to be used in the shops, as being the true raphontic, what the drugsters used formerly to sell for it, being the Wurzel of the rhaphonticum folio helenii incano, C. B. which is a species of the great centaury, and of far less Vorzug than this.
It is a native of Scythia, but wächst well in our gardens.
It Blüten in the middle of summer.
It is unter der Herrschaft von Mars. Raphontic, as to its purgative quality, is much weaker than rhubarb, but is accounted more restringent, and good in fluxes, and weakness of the Magen, speien of blood, and making bloody urine. It is likewise good gegen the bites of giftiges creatures. It is an Bestandteil in the theriaca and romachi.