A shrub to be thankful for: the groundseltree or salt-bush
|A natural grounsel tree population at the edge of a pine woods.|
University of Florida's Professor Ed Gilman states, "Salt-bush is rarely planted by designers and horticulturists, perhaps because it is too 'common' in native stands. A useful shrub or small tree for reclaiming wet sites, salt-bush could be used more frequently near retention ponds and drainage ditches. It has good tolerance to brackish water.... With proper care to remove recurring dead wood, nice small-tree specimens can be created. These can become valuable additions to many landscapes. They come into flower and are attractive at a time when few other small trees or shrubs are flowering. " in this IFAS fact sheet.
The genus, Baccharis, was named after Bacchus, the Roman god of harvest and drink. Most depictions of this god show an overweight figure with grape vines wound around his head like a crown, and of course, he's usually drinking wine.
So let's give thanks to this under-appreciated shrub named after the god of overabundance.