Pinkroot(Bot) A perennial North American herb (Spigelia Marilandica), sometimes cultivated for its showy red blossoms. Called also Carolina pinkMaryland pinkroot, and worm grass.
Pinkroot(Bot) An annual South American and West Indian plant (Spigelia Anthelmia).
Pinkroot(Med) The root of Spigelia Marilandica, used as a powerful vermifuge; also, that of Spigelia Anthelmia. See definition 2 (below).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
npinkrootThe root of the Carolina or Indian pink, Spigelia Marilandica, a well-known vermifuge officinal in the United States: in large doses narcotic-poisonous.
npinkrootThe plant itself, an herb with showy flowers, red outside, yellow inside, common southward in the United States. Also called Maryland pinkroot and worm-grass. The name extends to the species S. Anthelmia of the West Indies and South America, there used as a similar remedy.
Pinkroot has a pleasant, aromatic odor, and the taste is described as sweetish, bitter and pungent.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding