This is a beautiful deciduous shrub that will be evergreen in a warmer climate.
Elderberry never really goes to sleep here but slows down in Winter.
The creamy white flowers herald the onset of spring and by summer the wine coloured berries are everywhere.
Elderberry germinates moderately easily but patience is required as the strike rate is inconsistent.
We use the flowers of the Elder to treat colds and sore throats. The leaves are applied to bruises.
The berries taste wonderful, and are very high in vitamin C.
A tablespoon of fresh Elderberries, mashed in one cup of water and brought to the boil makes a great analgesic headache brew.
A tea of the leaves is an eco-friendly insecticide. The flowers, soaked in water overnight with a spoonful of sugar is a refreshing drink.
What more could you ask for in a plant?
30 fresh seeds $3.75
Degree of difficulty in germination.....4/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal
Seedlings and Potted Plants and Dried Herb often are available on our Nursery website
Published March 13, 1986
Name of Drug
Sambuci flos, elder flower.
Composition of Drug
Elder flower consists of the dried, sifted inflorescence of Sambucus nigra L. [Fam. Caprifoliaceae], as well as its preparations in effective dosage.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Average daily dosage:
10 - 15 g drug;
1.5 - 3 g fluidextract (according to Erg. B. 6 );
2.5 - 7.5 g tincture (according to Erg. B. 6 );
Mode of Administration
Whole herb and other galenical preparations for teas, 1 - 2 cups of tea sipped several times daily, as hot as possible.
Increased bronchial secretion