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Bunchberry Cornus canadensis 10 Seeds USA Company

Bunchberry Cornus canadensis 10 Seeds USA Company

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Cornus canadensis, commonly known as bunchberry or creeping dogwood, is a low-growing perennial plant that belongs to the dogwood family, Cornaceae. It is native to North America and can be found in various regions, including boreal forests and mountainous areas.


Here are some key characteristics of Cornus canadensis:

Habitat: Bunchberry is often found in moist, shaded forests, and it tends to prefer cool, acidic soils. It can be found in a variety of environments, including woodlands, subalpine and alpine meadows, and mossy coniferous forests.

Appearance: The plant typically grows to a height of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) and features a creeping, rhizomatous growth habit. The leaves are arranged in whorls of 6, surrounding a central stem, and they have a distinctive parallel vein pattern.

Flowers: Bunchberry produces small, inconspicuous greenish-white flowers that are surrounded by four large, petal-like bracts. These bracts are often mistaken for flower petals, and they give the appearance of a single, large, white flower.

Fruit: The plant produces clusters of bright red berries, which are edible but are often considered tasteless or bland. Birds and other wildlife may consume the berries.

Ecological Importance: Bunchberry serves as food for various animals, including birds and small mammals. It also plays a role in the ecosystem by contributing to the biodiversity of forested areas.

Cultural Uses: Some indigenous peoples have used bunchberry for medicinal purposes. For example, the Haida people of the Pacific Northwest used a decoction of the plant for treating respiratory ailments.

 

Growing Instructions for the Bunchberry

 

The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the spring or summer and they will germinate the next spring or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Warm stratify the seeds for 180 days. 3. Cold stratify the seeds. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 4. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 90 days. 5. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. 6. Sow the seeds 3/8 of an inch deep. 7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.

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