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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Red Bud

Red Bud (Cercis canadensis)

       The state tree of Oklahoma and found in the eastern half of the United States the Eastern Red Bud blooms from mid to late spring.        This tree, usually short and shrubby, in the proper environment, can reach a height of 50 feet.
       The one half inch red flowers cover the leafless tree with flowers typical of those in the pea/bean family. Where there are large stands of Red Buds they form a beautiful curtain of red against the early spring green and left over winter gray.
       The leaves, heart shaped and up to six inches long, cover the tree after blooming.
       The flowers are editable and can be eaten raw or incorporated into dishes such as pancakes. The Red Bud has a pleasant tasting flower and is high in vitamin C.
       Parts of this tree has been used medicinally. The inner bark for treating fever and aliments such as diarrhea and chest congestion.
       In addition to its food and medicinal value the Red Bud has been used for making baskets.

It is not recommended that these plants be used as medicine or food since they may have bad side effects. Similar species, misidentified, may cause illness or death.

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