Salal, also known as Gaultheria Shallon, grows native here in the Pacific Northwest.
It’s often used decoratively, especially around Christmas times…generally in other parts of the world. (Than here where it thrives, specifically).
It’s berries are (apparently) harvested, at the proper time of course, and often mixed with Salmon berries, also native to the area, to make jams, teas, spreads, etc…
The leaves have been used for medicinal purposes by local Native tribes for centuries.
It’s quite an interesting little plant, as it will thrive nearly anywhere, in any sort of climate, even on the harsh coastal climates of the PNW, as long as there is substantial moisture and water for them…
Great thing about Washington folks, it rains a shit ton.
I’ve always loved this stuff! It grows absolutely rampant around here, in wonderful little beds, and will grow to be pretty tall if it’s let….it can also be rather noxious to other plant life -specifically trees- if it’s not kept under control, however.
This was taken about a mile up the coast from La Push!