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Sarsaparilla (aka Aralia, Shot Bush, Small Spikenard, Rabbit Root, Wild Liquourice) Aralia nudicaulis.  • Family: Araliaceae / Ginseng • Habitat: Dry open woods • Height: 15-24 inches • Flower size: 1 1/2 - 2 inches across • Flower color: pale green to white • Edibility:  Roots and rhizomes used in root beer and herbal remedies • Origin:  Native


Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 - Report by

Well today was a day if you didn’t like the weather – just wait 10 minutes. We first went to Pincushion Mountain so B could see the Douglas Hawthorn. We had looked all over and it took a friend to let us know where it was – right in an obvious spot but it sure didn’t seem like the same spot from several years ago.

We then went to the Superior Hiking Trail S & W of the Old Ski Hill Road.  As we drove towards the parking area we were pleased to see so many Nodding Trillium, Baneberry and even blooming Clintonia.

As we were walking on the trail we were surprised at first that the Spring Beauty were still blooming. Also as we were walking – the boardwalk was surrounded with Marsh Marigolds. The Goldthread were at peak, Mertensia were in bloom and even some Wild Sarsaparilla beginning to bloom.

Along the highway the Winter Cress (mustard), Juneberries, Pin Cherries and Red-berried Elder were blooming.

We tried again to get to the Lima Bog but from the south – it said “Wash-out 1 mile”

Too bad we can’t appreciate them – but the Dandelions are more prolific and longer lasting than anything else !!!

Lunch at the table near Trestle Pine – we were joined by the black flies – they make B miserable!!

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