Elderberry is blossoming in my yard right now. I love its lacy-looking blossoms.
I was surprised to learn in researching this lovely shrub that there are several native species that grow in the Midwest: Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa), Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra), and American Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra canadensis). It’s a tough plant growing in almost any type of soil including wet areas — which is where it grows in my yard. In periods of drought, I’ve learned that it seems to die back so I suspect it does not like dry roots. [Read more…]