Cornus Canadensis – Kawiscowimin (Cree)
Deciduous, low, trailing ground cover with white flowers and red berries.
Height: 5 – 25 cm
Other Uses: Y
Soil: boggy, tree stumps, mossy areas
Watering: moist to bog
Sun: partial sun
Usually found at: coniferous forest edges and openings, subalpine to valley bottoms
Pollinators & wildlife:
Ornamental: pretty groundcover of wide leaves
Leaves: Large, oval-elliptic, bright green above, white underneath
Flowers: white flowers
Berries: edible fruit, sweet and pulpy like apples
First Nations uses: the berries were eaten and preserved for winter use by some First Nations Peoples, but considered dry and insipid by others. The flavour may vary with climatic conditions. The roots have been used as a cold remedy, and the bark has been used as a laxative. Other potential uses of the plant are as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. The Cree name comes from the facial irritation caused by the tiny white hairs on the fruit. If the berries are rubbed on the skin they give a prickly feeling.