Monday, February 26, 2007
This wonderfully big maple(4' dbh)has a nice mane of Licorice Ferns. They have the licorice chemical in their rhizomes, and the Northwest tribes used it for sore throats. The ferns are "summer deciduous", they come out in fall as the moss gets wet and moistens the rhizomes. The pretty fronds last all winter, through snow and freezing, until they dry up in early summer with the moss. Licorice fern can be found on hardwoods--oak, maple, alder, ash--and on mossy cedar shakes.