Tall Oregon-grape

Secwepemc name:  berries: sts’al’s (lit. “bitter”), sts’el’sa; plant: sts’alsállp

oregon-grapeThe berries, though somewhat “bitter” tasting, were eaten by the Secwepemc and were well liked. They were picked and made into jelly, or sometimes made into a tea. The roots were used to make a yellow dye and the berries were used to make a purple dye.  The berries were picked and used traditionally as a food source and a tea, and more recently for jam and jelly.  All parts of the plant, including the roots, were used in medicine. Mary Thomas recalled that people made general use tonics with sticks of soapberry, juniper, choke cherry and Oregon grape.

Ecological requirements: Usually grows in low to mid elevations; common in Douglas Fir forests, in drier climates.

A few plants growing along the trail on higher ground.