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: Ghost Town Trail
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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!
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.