Red-Berried Elder (Sambucus racemosa


This elderberry species gets an unfortunate reputation as being inedible, although the berries have been eaten for generations by peoples throughout Turtle Island/what is now called the United States. It’s advisable to cook them before consumption though to remove to low presence of cyanogenic glycoside and alkaloids, and we recommend checking out the chapter on elderberries in Samual Thayer’s “Nature’s Garden” to learn more (happy to lend it out to anyone interested!). They also serve as a favorite to birds and a host plant to some butterfly and moth species.

These plants are plug sized and do not come in a pot and will not be at our farm stand unless by request! If you are interested but do not want to order online, please call/text, or contact through social media and we’ll make sure some are out there.

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SKU: 1007 Category:

Additional information


Full, Partial


Average, Dry



Bloom Time

June, May

Bloom Color


Native Plant Category

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines

Special Features

Edible, Good for Wild Birds, Host Plants, Medicinal