The Strawberry Bush

IMG 3374 The Strawberry Bush

This hot pink and orange shocker is a North American native shrub grazed by Bluebirds, Mockingbirds, Deer, Wood Thrush, and Wild Turkey.  It is so startlingly different from what the first Europeans to New England were familiar with, that it was purposely cultivated by colonists for shipment back to their countries of origin.  The colonists nicknamed the shrub “Hearts-a-Bursting,” and naturalists claim that the Native Americans at the time used it’s roots to make a homeopathic tea that treated things like stomach and urinary problems, and a prolapsed uterus.

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