Availability: August - September
Common Names: snowberry, waxberry or ghostberry
Genus Name: Symphoricarpos
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Place of Origin: western parts of North America, naturalised in Great Britain
How long do they last? 4-7 days (the flowers)
The snowberry is a deciduous shrub with slender shoots bearing oval leaves and small pink flowers in spikes or clusters. The berries are about 12mm in diameter and snow-white.
Did you know?
The plant is rich in saponins and has been sued as fish poison and as traditional medicine by several North American Indian tribes.
Cut the stems at an angle and remove all the leaves that will touch or go below the water level. Place the stems in water that is room temperature and change the water every few days.