Jun. 16, 2019

Canadian fly honeysuckle berries

You might have noticed the pairing of the flowers, attached to paired ovaries. Those become these beautiful sets of almost half inch berries that feed a lot of our critters. Some of our most treasured songbirds dine on them. Seems like I once saw a reference to Indians eating them as part of their winter preserves, but I'm not finding that reference today. Indians did use infusions of the bark or twigs to treat a number of ailments, and they were believed to have psychoactive effects. That was used for sleepless children and for homesickness.