Saturday, October 11, 2008

Staghorn Sumac

Staghorn Sumac Berries

Staghorn Sumac Bushes

Staghorn Sumac is a common plant in the area between our yard and our wood. Its scientific name is Rhus typhina. It is a very common plant in our area and rather aggressive, spreading quickly. A lot of people try to get rid of it, but I find it quite beautiful. In fall, the foliage turns a beautiful shade of red, and the showy berries stay red well into the winter.

You can boil the berries in water, strain the water, and then sweeten it to make a pretty pink beverage that tastes a lot like lemonade. You can also use the berries, bark, or leaves to make different colors of natural dye.

Staghorn sumac is a native plant to our area, including the Northeast United States and Southeast Canada. It is grown as an ornamental plant in other areas.

1. poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)
2. red maple (Acer rubrum)
3. Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
4. staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

1 comment:

BunnyKissd said...

My grandmother taught me that you can also just suck the berries right off the tree for a tasty lemony treat. And she always called them the Raggle-taggle Gypsies in the fall... ^-^