Pacific Ninebark - pəqʷac - (Physocarpus capitatus)
The pacific ninebark is a beautiful shrub within the rose family, and is easily identifiable due to its shedding brown bark, believed to have nine layers. Ninebark is a deciduous plant with leaves that are lobed, double-toothed, and deep-veined. During the months of April-July they bloom clustered, dome shaped white flowers. The plant then produces fruit, which grow to be red pods which will split open and release shiny yellow seeds. Pacific ninebark is a pollinator friendly plant, and its leaves attract butterflies and nesting birds for its protection, especially because deer tend to avoid it. Native Americans have used pacific ninebark in teas to use as a light laxative, but caution is advised when consuming the plant.
*Prefers full sun to partial shade
*Prefers moist, semi-acidic soil
*Typical growth is 8 to 10 feet tall, and 4 to 7 feet wide
*Thrives best in wetland regions such as along streams, wet meadows, slopes, and marshes.
*Sold Bare Root.
*Sold in bundles of 5.
pəqʷac *Lushootseed provided by the Puyallup Tribal Language Program and audio by Chris Briden, Puyallup Tribal member.