Monthly Archives: June 2015


This low growing shrub is common in our gravel and sand soil pastures. Later, it will bear poisonous white berries. Symphoricarpos is the plant name, and it also goes by the name of Wolfberry.IMG_2916 IMG_2922

Seneca snakeroot, Polygala senega

This plant is named for the Seneca first nations people, who used it for snake bite. It was also used for respiratory, head, and stomach problems. It became a common ingredient in some medicines in the early 1900s, so there are still people today who remember childhood days of digging this root to sell, to supplement family income.