Scientific Name: Cornus canadenses
Family Name: Cornaceae
Bloom Period: Spring to late Spring
Life Span: Perennial
Height: 5-20 cm tall
Habitat: Widespread and common at low to subalpine elevations in dry to moist forests and clearings, generally absent from arid climates.
Leaf Description: Evergreen, 4-7 whorls at top of stem, ovalelliptic, hairless, whiteish beneath with mostly parallel veins.
Flower and Petal Description: 4 white to purplish-tinged, petal-like bracts surrounding a central cluster of small greenish-white to purplish flowers.
Stem Description: Somewhat woody at the base with widely spreading rhizomes.
Fruit Description: Clusters of bright red, fleshy, berry-like drupes.
Medicinal Uses: Berries are sweet but pulpy. Native Americans ate raw and cooked.
This flower is native to the area.