Nov. 10, 2017

leatherleaf, Chamaedaphne calyculata

Leatherleaf is a dedicated bog plant. You can't see it anywhere else. It loves those mucky acid places, often covering them with a short dense thicket. The Ojibwa used the leaves for tea. Potawatomi used a poultice of the leaves for inflammations, and an infusion for fevers. Florists now frequently use twigs for greens in arrangements. Oh, yeah! I guess you can see it somewhere else besides bogs. Leatherleaf grows in AK, CT, DE, GA, IL(T), IN, MA, MD(T), ME, MI, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, VT, WI, throughout CA, on SPM, and in boggy places around the boreal world. Waterloo Recreation Area, Washtenaw Co MI, 4/5/12.