Dogwood, Kousa – Cornus kousa

Kousa Dogwood Flowers

The Chinese dogwood (Cornus kousa) is a later flowering form of dogwood. This Dogwood flowers for a long time beginning in late May and often lasts into July.

There are no known uses in medicine, but the fruit is edible, being juicy and sweet.

The fruits are an important food source for dozens of species of birds.

In magic use it Keeps writings and meetings secret, therefore is an excellent herb for the Book of Shadows. An oil of the flowers is priceless in sealing letters and keeping unintended eyes from secret writings. Powdered flowers and dried bark may be used as incense. Place the sap of the dogwood onto a handkerchief on Midsummer Eve. This will grant any wish you have as long as you carry it faithfully. Dogwood leaves or wood can be placed in protective amulets.

 

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