Another Common Beauty
This Elderberry bush – Sambucus Canadensis – is another of the finds in and around the South March Highlands. The flowers remind me of stars and the 1806 poem 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star', actually.
Ironically enough, although delicate to the eye, the greenery, stems and unripe berries are poisonous if ingested. On the other hand, the flower when in full bloom is wondrous in it has many uses: in wine & tonic making; to add flavour to pancakes and fritters; in tea as a remedy against the common cold; as a medicine because the flavonoids have been proven effective on at least 8 strains of the flu; as an overall immune booster. The list goes on and on. If you are looking for more specific info, just visit this link – after reading, you may just want to plant an orchard of your very own.