| Sassafras |
| Sassafras albidum|
| Uses: Culinary/Medicinal/Beverage
|| Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 5-8) |
| When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall
|| Ease of Germination: Easy/Special Treatment Required |
Probably among the first American plant drugs to reach Europe. The oil extracted from the aromatic root bark was used as a food flavour, but due to possible liver and kidney toxicity, it has fallen into disfavour. Tea is still popular in the Appalachians.