Sep. 15, 2022

Fendler's buckbrush, Ceanothus fendleri

Fendler's buckbrush is a favorite browse of deer. Earlier tribes, including ours, made tea from the leaves of eastern species, but this one has other utility. Several western tribes found this to be a useful emetic. The Navajo used this ceremonially as a Plumeway emetic. Other websites seem to assume that this was used for tea. Several items also mention that the berries are edible, but the fruit is actually a hard capsule. Fendler'd grows in AZ, CO, NM, SD, TX, UT, and WY. Ouray Co CO, 6/21/13. Buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae.