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Holodiscus discolor - oceanspray

Holodiscus discolor - oceanspray (Holodiscus discolor)

It looks like a woody overgrown Astilbe but is actually a member of the Rose (Rosacae) family

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A new one on me!

24 Jun, 2013


Scottish, they are native around here . They seem to like the same climate as Douglas Firs. They make a statement when they bloom but at another time they are hardly noticeable The spent flowers are dark brown and not very sightly ...they last on the bush for a long time.

24 Jun, 2013


I wonder would they grow here? How long do the flowers last looking like this?:-)

2 Jul, 2013


Ha ha I've just noticed a Burncoose ad at the side of your picture, it must grow here, I'll have a look:-)

2 Jul, 2013


I definitely think that it would grow in UK. You got similar climate as the one on Vancouver Island. The flowers last over a month . It is very dominant plant in Pacific NW.It requires moist soil. Historically, extract from the seeds has been used in the treatment of black measles, smallpox and chicken pox and extract from bark for eye wash. Our first nation people made a good use of this plant. The wood is very hard and was used for bows and arrows. But of course these days these same people go to grocery store and pharmacy for they needs. :-)

2 Jul, 2013


Not quite so romantic Klahanie, perhaps they buy a medicine there based on synthetic holodiscus seeds:-)) By the way, what is black measles?:-)

2 Jul, 2013


black measles are severe form of measles characterized by dark eruptions caused by bleeding under the skin.

3 Jul, 2013


Yuck, I don't think we have that here:-)

3 Jul, 2013

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