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Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

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Other common names: American Black Elderberry, Elder
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle)
Height: 3 to 12 ft. (shrub)
Blooms: June to July
Leaf Type: divided
Bloom Size:  0.15 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Allegheny Highlands Trail
Date:  7/4/2015
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
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We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.

The Herbalist