Cascara Sagrada

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Cascara Sagrada
Common Name: Buckthorn, Cascara Sagrada
Botanical Name: Rhamnus purshiana (RAM-nus per-shi-AH-na)
Decorative Life: 2-3 weeks.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a bleach solution of 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart of water.
Family Roots:
  • Is a member of the Rhamnaceae (buckthorn family).
  • Native to the West Coast US and Canada.
  • Relatives include ceanothus, Hovenia, Zizyphus and buckthorn.
  • Leaves are egg-shaped to 5 inches long, strongly veined giving a "washboard" appearance, along woody branches.
  • Branches woody, cut to various lengths.
  • Plant is a deciduous tree, classed as a dicotyledon.
Availability: Spring, summer.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: 34-38F.
  • Rhamnus was a city along the coast of Ancient Greece. Cascara sagrada means "sacred bark" in Spanish.
  • The bark is the source of a strong laxative.