Distinguished from other bog shrubs by its bluegreen leaf color, and unique leaf shape. Leaves are toothed only at the end, which is rounded and wider than the leaf base.
Leaves dried to perfume linen, etc., their odor being very fragrant.
Catkins or cones, boiled in water, give a scum beeswax, used to make candles.
Bark used to tan calfskins; if gathered in autumn, will dye wool a good yellow colour and is used for this purpose in Sweden and Wales.
The Swedes use it in strong decoction to kill insects, vermin and to cure the itch.
The dried berries are put into broth and used as spice.
Should not be eaten by pregnant women, as it is an abortifacient. (Plants for a Future)
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