Čhaŋšáša Wanáȟča

Čhaŋšáša, an  important plant medicine (Cornus sericea), grows all across North America. In the spring, it produces clusters of lovely four-petaled flowers.

 

Spring comes at widely different times in different territories, but this is an April čhaŋšáša flower from central California. In other, colder territories (like Standing Rock), the plant wouldn’t even be producing leaves yet.

Even with the spring flower and leaf production in full swing, the branches of this bush are still the lovely deep red color that gives this plant its name.

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