Canada Anemone, Mindewijiibik


This important medicine plant grows in patches in meadows, upland forest, and along shorelines throughout the Lake Vermilion area. It produces a small white, five-petaled flower.

Ojibwe people treated themselves for several different ailments with Mindewijiibik. The root of this wildflower was eaten as an aid to clear the throat and was consumed before singing in ceremonies. A poultice was prepared from the roots and used to treat wounds. A wash made by infusing the roots in water would be used to bathe sores. The leaves were used to treat nasal hemorrhages and bleeding wounds.