Labrador Bog Tea

CAD $5.00

Leadum groenlandicumme’uhw’uhlp (Hul’q’umi’num)

Low growing shrub with long, dull, and narrow leaves and small, bright white flowers

Height0.50-1.50 m.

EdibleY

Medicine:  Y

Other Uses: Y

Poisonous: Y

SoilLime-free loam or peaty, moist, acid, humus-rich soil

Watering: Medium

Sun: Sun, part-shade, and shade

Usually found at: Roadside ditches, bogs, and conifer forests

Pollinators & wildlife: Bumblebees

Ornamental: Has pretty white clusters of flowers

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Leadum groenlandicumme’uhw’uhlp (Hul’q’umi’num)

Low growing shrub with long, dull, and narrow leaves and small, bright white flowers

Height0.50-1.50 m.

EdibleY

Medicine:  Y

Other Uses: Y

Poisonous: Y

SoilLime-free loam or peaty, moist, acid, humus-rich soil

Watering: Medium

Sun: Sun, part-shade, and shade

Usually found at: Roadside ditches, bogs, and conifer forests

Pollinators & wildlife: Bumblebees

Ornamental: Has pretty white clusters of flowers

 

Leaves: Dull green. Long and narrow. Smooth on top with wrinkled edges that curl under. Underside is covered in fuzzy red hairs.

Flowers: Small, bright white flowers in clusters which spread out from a common base (umbel). Stamens come out from each flower

BerriesNone

First Nations uses: Used to treat sore throats and colds. Can help increase apetite. Made into teas. A strong decoction of the leaves, or a tincture, is used to kill lice, mosquitoes, fleas and other insects. The leaves contain tannin. A brown dye is obtained from the plant.

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