Also known as Cornus Canadensis. Self-sterile; dependent on pollinators such as bumblebees, solitary bees and bee flies. It was given to children tin tea form to prevent bed-wetting In a field study of the effects of acid rain, bunchberry was found to neutralize acid rain. The fruits are used by many species of wildlife; humans find them a bit bland. Bunchberry has an explosive pollination mechanism whereby a tiny antennae near the tip of the petal triggers the flower buds to bend an back and the anthers to spring forward.
Plant used for cold remedy. The leaves have been known to be burned and powdered, the applied to tropical sores. The plant was used to treat kidney ailments. Leaves were applied to wounds to stop bleeding and to promote healing.
Jelly made from fruits. Ripe berries can be eaten raw or cooked like pudding. Bunchberries are slightly pulpy but sweet and flavorful and eaten raw in early autumn with pemmican (grease), or in recent times with sugar.