Ever play hooky to see wildflowers? If you guessed I have you of course would be correct. The first time I saw a wild calla, I was supposed to be home recovering two days after surgery. But what better way to recover than wading in a bog? And it was my throat that was cut, not anything down there close to the water. Fred never knew what his student intern did on that week off, but do you think he might have suspected?
Here is the fruiting head of a calla. That dry year in this bog, the more shallow water had receded. Indians used this plant as medicine for sore muscles, as eye wash, to staunch bleeding, as a spring tonic, for shortness of breath, as a snakebite remedy, and as poison. For that last use, it probably had an actual effect.