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Canada buffaloberry
Shepherdia canadensis (L.) Nutt.


Plant Description:

  • Low shrub growing in the undergrowth of taller species, growing up to 3 m tall
  • Green, oval leaves with silvery, hairy underside
  • Yellow flowers and reddish berries with a bad taste
  • Used to make teas in the treatment of stomachaches, heart problems, arthritis, tuberculosis and gall stones
  • Berries are high in vitamin C, but have a soapy taste. This taste is caused by a chemical that can induce nausea if large amounts are consumed
  • The wood has a foul smell when burnt
  • Found at Stops 1 and 2


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-Sourced from Budd's Flora of the Canadian Prairie Provinces, 1979 and
Plants of the Western Boreal Forest & Aspen Parkland, 1995.
Refer to references for full publication details.

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