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Search Term(s): Sambucus canadensis   (1 record found)

Viburnum Family
Sambucus canadensis  (American elderberry)   
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Carex Section
Meaning of Scientific Name
Sambucus: named for the sambuca, a stringed instrument made from the elder wood; canadensis: of or from Canada and North America
Native Plant
Life Form
Perennial Shrub
Phenology (Flowering Period)
Physiographic Province
☑ Piedmont
☑ Coastal Plain

County Distribution
☑ New Castle
☑ Kent
☑ Sussex

Open swamps and seeps, wet meadows and marshes
State Status
Piedmont Status
Coastal Plain Status
Global Rank
Federal Status
Geographic Affinity
Species at Limit of Distribution
☐ Northern
☐ Southern

North American Distribution (Non-indigenous Species)
Coefficient of Conservatism
Invasive Watchlist
Global Origin (Non-native Species)
Wildlife Values
Flowers attract a variety of insects.
Wetland Indicator Status
Medicinal Properties
Parts used: Berries, Flowers. Flowers used internally in tea or tincture form as a children's fever remedy and to stimulate eruption of chicken pox and measles, to inhibit viral replication, and for impetigo. Used topically as a wash for flaky, itchy skin and as a mouthwash to inhibit inflammation and pathogens. Berries used internally as a tea, tincture, or syrup for treating colds, flu and bronchitis. Also used to strengthen veins, capillaries, arteries, and the eyes.
ID Notes
Additional Info
Habitats in which this plant occurs
Forested Floodplains and Riparian Swamps (Piedmont)
Forested Floodplains and Riparian Swamps (Coastal Plain)
Freshwater Shrub Tidal Wetlands
Ponds, Lakes, and Reservoirs (Millponds)
Seepage Slope Closed Canopy Non-tidal Wetland (Piedmont)
Seepage Slope Closed Canopy Non-tidal Wetland (Coastal Plain)
Seepage Slope Open Canopy Non-tidal Wetland (Piedmont)
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