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Picture of Red-osier dogwood Picture of Red-osier dogwood
Red-osier dogwood
Cornus alba L.


Plant Description:

  • Widespread, open-forest shrub growing 1 to 2 m high with reddish coloured twigs
  • Leaves have round base and pointed tip
  • Small white flowers form flat-topped clusters
  • Chipewyan natives boiled the roots to make a tea to treat dizziness
  • Cree used fruit or stem pith to treat snow blindness
  • Found at Stop 1 - on the Interpretive Nature and Hiking Trails, and at Stops 4, 6, 8, and 12


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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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