Monday, December 6, 2010

American Elder

I understand that this plant is the American Elder Sambucus canadensis. I got a cutting from a tribal village in B.R.Hills last year, and now the plant is full of lacy white flowers. They do not have any smell.
It is a native of Mexico , Canada and the U.S.A. It is used as a hedge in tribal villages. Wikipedia says that the flowers and berries are edible, but the rest of the plant is poisonous.

At first, the local butterflies did not recognise the flower and they were not pollinated. Now , the plant is besieged by pollinators and their predators, and there are bunches of dark berries .I forgot to ask the tribals whether they ate the fruit ,which I am scared to eat. I tasted one berry today, and it was nothing great.


13 comments:

  1. Beautiful flowers and fruits.. here i think we have a similar plant..

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  2. You're very brave to taste the berry! I really wouldn't do that, I think! But the blooms are so beautiful. Worth having this plant in the garden. The berries remind me of lantana seeds except that the cluster is bigger here.

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  3. The lacy flowers are gorgeous, and the shiny berries are so tempting hehe.

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  4. I am constantly pulling these out of my garden in Florida, U.S. because they spread by underground runners. The berries can be eaten but should be cooked first. They make an excellent jam!

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  5. The clusters of white flowers are beautiful, too bad no sweet fragrance.

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  6. The flowers look pretty. The berries seem tempting too.

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  7. Yes, this is a common shrub here. It grows wild in wet area and the berries make excellent jelly. :)

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  8. The other one looks yummy and sweet.

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  9. Thanks for sharing these herbs I like it so much....


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  10. Love your plants but that chenille plant is really cool.

    Cher
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  11. Hi! Just wondering, is Baby's Breath common in India? Also what are the common flowers (exotic too) that I can expect around august and september?

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