Falsebox, also known as Mountain-Lover, is a glossy, leathery leaved wild shrub that resembles the boxwood family and so I thought it would be perfect to share during Christmas. The species name is derived from the Greek word for myrrh whose resin is used in perfume, incense and medication and the branches are often used in floral arrangements with the flowers being quite fragrant.
The shrub is a popular treat for moose, grouse and elk while the plant was utilized by Indigenous groups for various medicinal and ceremonial uses. Medicinally it was used to treat colds, eye diseases, headaches and fever.
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