MnE 29 Hydrangea

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    I had intended to post this in the southeast section because I knew Hydrangea quercifolia only grew here. This is the plant I was taught in the wild. What I didn’t realize until a few days ago, a book by someone I trust, actually listed H. arborescens. A different species, an oversight on my part. It grows as far north as the great lakes and used as an ornamental across the country.

    Multiple species of hydrangea are used around the world. The importance of recent scientific research into Hydrangea ssp. can’t be overstated. Check the links below.

    2 species grow in the southeast, Hydrangea quercifolia, oak leaf hydrangea and Hydrangea arborescens wild hydrangea. I find them beside old dirt roads, fields, sometimes in woodland. Pics one and two respectively.

    The inner root bark is used(tea or tincture). It stimulates the liver and gallbladder. It breaks down gall stones. It’s effective for kidney stones, cystitis, enlarged/inflamed prostate. It relieves pain associated with urinary tract problems. For these purposes it’s usually mixed with Joe-pye weed – Eupatorium purpureum (pic three) and pipsissewa – Chimaphila maculatum. no pic, didn’t see it this year.

    Wild hydrangea is very good for arthritis pain when mixed with Prickly ash – Zanthoxylum clavaherculis and Magnolia sp.. Big leaf magnolia is common here. Pic 4.

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