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Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana

"American Indians used bark extract to cure diarrhea. The fruits were used to treat canker sores, cold sores, and added to pemmican. The Paiutes made a medicinal tea from the leaves and twigs to treat colds and rheumatism. The wood was used for arrows, bows, and pipe stems." USU Extension

American Indians made pemmican from game meats mixed with chokecherries.

Chokecherry recipes at

Cooked chokecherries are used to make juice, wine and jam.

Insects are attracted to the nectar of the flowers.

Chokecherries are eaten by songbirds, game birds, and small mammals. Three Rivers Habitat Partnership

Chokecherry game


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