Jul. 16, 2017


Red osier dogwood flowers offer another vision of ice and fire, if one looks very close.  This shrub and cultivated versions, are often seen in gardens, yards, and where man wants to repair his damage on stream banks.  The berries are a frequent food for wildlife.  Indians used the berries and bark for medicine, and the dried bark was sometimes used in smoking mixtures.  The long shoots of new growth were woven into mats, which earns its name after the European osier willow that was similarly used.  Red osier grows throughout the US and Canada, except for AL, AR, FL, GA, HI, LA, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, and TX.  It is also found in a couple of spots in Ireland.  Lenawee Co MI, 5/26/11.