Botanical Wednesday: It's been a long time if I'm missing Oplopanax horridus

We had a blizzard this week. It's bitterly cold right now. I was trying hard to think of good reasons to have left the Pacific Northwest, and this is about the only thing I came up with: Devil's Club.

They're big. They're prickly-spiky-thorny. They're evil. You did not go blindly charging through the lush green brush in the woods unless you wanted to risk tangling with knives and needles.

I might be willing to trade sub-zero snowstorms for Devil's Club, though.

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By thepoliticalcat (not verified) on 04 Mar 2015 #permalink

Expletive, that thing looks evil enough to grow in Missouri.

Devil's Club is a sacred plant for the First Nations people of the North West Coast. It teaches you to be aware in the forest......It is part of the ginseng family and has a reputation for increasing physical ; mental and spiritual prowess.

When I spent time in Kitkatla....an isolated FN village on the NW coast, I was told by the chief and medicine man that the leaf-stems were peeled and chewed on by old people to "make them feel young"".........

I have experienced the spines in my hand though.......I grabbed one to stop me sliding down a scree on ball=bearing-like pebbles, undoing an hour's climb........When I got back home, hours later, my hand looked like a blown up red rubber glove and was throbbing with intense pain......powerful stuff......

By Luise Grav (not verified) on 08 Mar 2015 #permalink

Devil's Club is a sacred plant for the First Nations people of the North West Coast. It teaches you to be aware in the forest......It is part of the ginseng family and has a reputation for increasing physical ; mental and spiritual prowess.

When I spent time in Kitkatla....an isolated FN village on the NW coast, I was told by the chief and medicine man that the leaf-stems were peeled and chewed on by old people to "make them feel young"".........

I have experienced the spines in my hand though.......I grabbed one to stop me sliding down a scree on ball bearing-like pebbles, undoing an hour's climb........When I got back home, hours later, my hand looked like a blown up red rubber glove and was throbbing with intense pain......powerful stuff......

By Luise Grav (not verified) on 08 Mar 2015 #permalink

@ Luise Grav

". . . and has a reputation for increasing physical ; mental and spiritual prowess."

In a purely Nietzschean "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." manner, I'm guessing.

By rocketride (not verified) on 12 Mar 2015 #permalink