American Bittersweet Vine

While Bittersweet is a native plant to the midwest and eastern parts of the US, we don’t see it very often.

So it was a treat to come upon it wearing fresh coat of snow the other day.

Bittersweet was once a very common sight, but is now so rare, it is on the endangered list in many states.

While all parts of the plant are poisonous, the berries are eaten by birds and small animals.

The Native Americans used the inner bark for an emergency food source.

I was tempted to cut some of the branches to take home, but didn’t due to its rarity.

Hopefully these berries will grow into new plants someday and help to bring the plant back from its endangered status.

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——–> UP NEXT: The meandering Pony Creek in winter.