Pitcher Plant in Newfoundland
Information taken from the book “MICMAC MEDICINES” Remedies and Recollections. By Laurie Lacey , NIMBUS Publication
The Pitcher Plant
When I was a child I was fascinated by the Pitcher Plant. I would examine the cup-like parts of the plant, paying particular attention to the kinds of insects trapped therein, and wondering if there was something special about the water within those cups. The water was a magic elixir, but I was always afraid to taste it.
The Micmac call the plant “Indian Cut Root”. It was used to treat tuberculosis during the early part of this century. The root is believed to be effective in treating kidney ailments. It was also used to relieve indigestion. The root should be steeped in water and the medicine taken in small doses.
The Pitcher Plant is the official provincial flower for the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.