Jun. 5, 2020

fragrant sumac, Rhus aromatica

Fragrant sumac is a little different than our other species. It's lower growing, most often waist or chest high. The flowers and berries occur along the stems in much smaller bunches than on larger sumacs. These differences may explain why it took so long to recognize in the image I received the other day. Fragrant sumac is a homeopathic remedy for urinary issues, and is available on the internet. The leaves have an interesting aroma, and have been used for tea. It grows in AL, AR, CT(S), FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, ON, and QC(V), Lenawee Co MI, 5/16/11. Cashew family, Anacardiaceae.