Another native of the Western United States, the Salal is a woodland evergreen shrub that is hardy and spreads by underground suckers in the right conditions to make a good groundcover under trees. It needs a moist lime free soil in a shady spot. With its bristly reddish stems and pale pink flowers in late spring it is ornamental as well as useful.
The abundant are about 10mm in size, juicy and pleasant. Try adding them to fruit salads. The North American Indians used to dry them and turn them into cakes.
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