Tripple Brook Farm


Genus: E

purple coneflower
wolfberry; silverberry
black crowberry
Mayflower; trailing arbutus
bishop's cap
scouring rush
love grass
Ravenna grass
rough cotton grass
running strawberry bush
Joe-Pye-weed; boneset; hardy ageratum; mist flower

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Catalog as of January 02, 2016


(Elaeagnaceae - Russian olive family)
About 40 species of shrubs and trees, native to the N hemisphere. Cultivated as ornamentals or, in some cases, for their edible fruit. The fruit of many of this genus is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamins A, C and E, flavanoids and other bio-active compounds. Source of essential fatty acids, which is unusual for a fruit. Also investigated for reducing incidence of and halting or reversing the growth of cancers.

commutata decid shr • ht 6-9' • zones 2-8

wolfberry; silverberry

new, native, fragrant, wildlife, dry - moist, sun
northern North America

A very distinctive shrub, silverberry is a narrow and upright with a shimmering silvery tone to its leaves and silver berries. Small yellow, star-shaped blossoms with silver undersides flower profusely in early summer with a strong, musky fragrance. The fruit is edible, but dry and mealy and astringent when unripe. Can be added to soups and made into jelly. The large seed can eb eaten raw or cooked. Unusual for a fruit, it produces essential fatty acids and was used by Native Americans to make soap. Considered excellent reclamation plant, especially at mine sites, since it tolerates dry, infertile exposed locations. Its propensity to root sucker vigorously knits highly disturbed, barren soil together to stop erosion and, as a nitrogen fixer, paves the way for new plants. Forms long-lived and extremely hardy colonies which provide wildlife habitat in otherwise open places and contributing food and cover for birds and mammals, especially snowshoe hares. Pollinated by bees. Tolerates acid and alkaline soils, wind and salt exposure, and radically cold temperatures, but cannot grow in the shade. The fibrous bark is used in weaving blankets and cloth and twisted to make strong ropes. Seed was used as beads.

cat # 4T1G
$14.95 each / 3+, $14.50 ea