Prince's-Pine is known as a winter lover because of its glossy evergreen leaves and its dry, brown fruit that tends to overwinter on the stems. The Cree name, Pipsissewa, means 'it breaks into small pieces' which refers to a substance in the leaves that was believed to dissolve kidney and gall stones. As a tea, many First Nations' Peoples and early settlers used this plant medicinally.
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