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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Sambucus canadensis)
AMERICAN ELDERBERRYMedicine: Astringent, diuretic, promotes sweating, laxative. Inner bark used in pain killer. Crushed leaves act as an insect repellant.

Technology: Elderberries make a purple to lavender dye. The branches of the tree have hollow stems with easily removed pith, and are perfect for flutes or whistles.

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