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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Peucedanum
Species: P. ostruthium
Binomial name
Peucedanum ostruthium

Masterwort typically refers to the plant Peucedanum ostruthium or Imperatoria ostruthium in the family Apiaceae, and not to be confused with great masterwort, Astrantia major, in the same family.



Woodland gardens and meadows, in semi-shady areas.


Medicinal use

The roots, collected in the spring of fall, have been known to hold many medicinal proprieties such as tonic, antiseptic, emmenagogue and diuretic.

They are used for flatulence problems, asthma, kidney and bladder stones and water retention. Masterwort tea can help in relieving migraines and stimulating the immune system.

Other uses

Masterwort is also used as a flavoring for various liqueurs and bitters.


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