Oct. 9, 2017


And he lived to tell the tale!  I found waxy meadow-rue while looking for the bear that scared away the other hikers on Grand Island.  In retrospect, it was a fortunate trade off.  The bear might not have understood the telephoto concept.

This plant is also called skunk meadow-rue.  When I looked up Indian uses for meadow-rue, the first one was incense or fragrance.  Probably not this species.  Meadow-rues in general were used medicinally, but also as love or hunting charms.  Interesting pairing!  The Iroquois used meadow-rue to 'make you crazy'.  The hollow stems were used as toys.