cornus canadensis


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bunchberry

bunchberry

(dogwood family) Named for the “bunch” the berries grow in. A very symmetrical plant, the ribbed leaves, white “flower”, and berries themselves, everything is beautifully symmetrical. Not a lot of flavor, but nutritious. You can eat the whole berry, seed and everything, or make sauce out of them by throwing them in a Vitamix blender. The red berry-like fruits are edible with a mild flavor somewhat like apples. The large seeds within are somewhat hard and crunchy. Dogwood bark is a substitute for cinchona bark, the source of quinine, for treating Malaria.
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The prevailing flowers and conspicuous small plants of the woods, which I noticed, were: Clintonia borealis, Linnoea, checkerberry (Gaultheria procumbens), Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla), great round-leaved orchis, Dalibarda repens, Chiogenes hispidula (creeping snowberry), Oxalis acetosella (common wood-sorrel), Aster acuminatus, Pyrola secunda (one-sided pyrola), Medeola Virginica (Indian cucumber-root), small Circa (enchanter's nightshade), and perhaps Cornus Canadensis (dwarf-cornel).
Grow it with the creeping dogwood (Cornus canadensis), with its pure white bracts in summer followed by clusters of red fruits.
The charming little creeping dogwood, Cornus canadensis has also produced a clutch of scarlet leaves among the green, and as it's still dotted with creamy white flowers, a thrilling sight at the moment.