Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea Red-Root

Names and Myths

Ceanothus Name used by Theophrastus for some unknown  plant

americanus America

Natural history / Folklore

Leaves used for making tea during Revolution. Roots collected by Cherokee Indians in Autumn for use as a red dye, and as a curative for diseases of the spleen.15

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June - July White spherical flower clusters five parts, shrub 2 to 3 ft oval leaves. Open woods  and roadsides.