There’s that wonderful name, again. I remembered it was Indian, but I couldn’t remember the tribe. I looked it up, and found it’s Algonquin. I was surprised to learn the plant is in the manzanita family, too. Besides all that interesting information, it’s a very pretty flower. One article mentioned that it’s evergreen — is that true in your area?
Yes, it’s evergreen here. It was one of the first plants in which I became interested, probably because of my Father’s influence. The berries are edible and nourishing, although quite tasteless. I’ve found them often in the crops of grouse and I’m sure that other wildlife also eat them. It doesn’t appear that the ungulates eat the leaves though, or at least I’ve never noticed bite marks on them.