Slippery Elm

  • $8.75


Native to eastern and mid-western North America, slippery elm grows 60 to 80 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet in diameter. The population of slippery elm has declined due to over-harvesting and habitat destruction. For that reason we offer the seeds and seedlings to encourage ecological islands of slippery elm that can serve as seed trees while serving as a source of medicinal bark. The bark is collected in the spring from parts of the trunk and larger branches, and then dried until later use. (Ulmus rubra)

Medicinal: Considered one of our most valuable medicinal plants, the inner bark contains large quantities of an aromatic, therapeutic mucilage that effectively soothes sore throats. It has a cooling, anti-inflammatory, healing and coating action on the skin and mucous membranes. It is especially effective in the treatment of bronchitis, laryngitis, and intestinal ulcers. As a food, the inner bark, when ground and powdered, can be made into a gruel or cereal. This has the nutritional value of oatmeal which can be fed to invalids and infants.

Growing instructions: Perennial in zones 3b-8. Germination at 60-70 degrees F. Stratify seed for 8 weeks. Germinates in 7 days. Transplant or direct sow in spring. Full sun.

Packet - 10 seeds