Canada Mayflower, Agongosimin

mayflower.1984Canadian Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense) is a common northern wildflower growing on the forest floor.

The moist and dry areas across Lake Vermilion, the northern Great Lakes States and into Canada is the perfect habitat for this native lily.

It is noted for its waxy, heart-shaped leaves and its small spike of delicate, starry white flowers, blooming from May to July. Mayflower produces a small, berry-like fruit.

The Ojibwe people treated headaches, sore throats, and kidney problems with this wildflower they named agongosimin (–an, –ag).

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