WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: WINGED SUMAC (Rhus copallinum)

Pollinator MAGNET! Berries enjoyed by wild turkey, grouse and many songbirds. Browsed by rabbits. Larval host Redbanded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops) and possibly Luna Moth (Actias luna) and Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis).

Spreads by runners. Berries can be used in jelly and lemonade flavored drink and in producing dye.

Learn: http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/rhus-copallinum

My take: http://nativeplantwildlifegarden.com/winged-sumacfull-of-wings/

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Rhus+copallinum

In full bloom August 2012:

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