2021 Christmas Gift Sets & Ideas

View

This section doesn’t currently include any content. Add content to this section using the sidebar.

Image caption appears here

Add your deal, information or promotional text

Elderflower

91 reviews

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 Elder Flower Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Sambucus nigra canadensis

Elderflower, S. canadensis is also known as the North American elder and has been reclassified to a subspecies of S. nigra, along with the European or black elder. S.nigra is popularly cultivated in Europe and because the two varieties are so similar, the American elder is not cultivated commercially. It can be found growing naturally in wet, swampy areas across much of eastern and central North America and Canada.

As well as forming part of the edible garden, it can also be used as a feature plant in the garden. It grows 3 - 4m high. The dark green, compound leaves are pinnate or bipinnate with leaflets arranged oppositely around the stem, creating an overall length of up to 30 cm or more. Each leaflet has serrate edges, is quite large and may measure 3-12cm long by 2-6cm wide. The fragrant white flowers are large and bloom in inflorescences or clusters, about 30 cm in width. These are followed by the blue berry like fruits, but the plant may have both flowers and fruit for several weeks.

There are many uses for the fruit of the elderflower plant, as both a food and a health supplement. The many varieties of elder have been used all over the world for many centuries. Native Americans valued elderflower as a medicinal herb and used it to treat many conditions. Other uses included repelling insects and creation of a black dye from the bark.

Growing Conditions

Elderflower, or elderberry, is a vigorous, soft leafed deciduous shrub that can grow from 3-4 meters. The elderberry plant is quite adaptable to Australian conditions and will grow in most soil types, including wet soils. This plant likes full sun, but is happy to grow in part shade as well. After flowering, the fruit appears in late summer and the stems may droop under the weight of hundreds of small berries. Choose your position carefully, as this multi-stemmed plant suckers upwards and spreads. You may choose to grow it in a pot for this reason, or use a root barrier in the garden.

Medicinal Uses

Elderberry has a long history of medicinal use and although the American elderflower plant is not widely cultivated, research has indicated that there is great potential in its general health benefits. Elderberries have been found to have a high concentration of compounds known for their antioxidant activity and have greater potential health benefits than blueberries and cranberries. In addition, they have a much higher content of Vitamins A, C and B6 than other berries.

The traditional uses of elderflower plants involved the whole plant, with teas and tinctures made from the bark and fruit used for many ailments. Caution is advised using the raw plant products due to potential toxicity. However, elderflower has been used for a wide array of complaints such as stomach ache, constipation, diarrhoea and acts as a laxative and diuretic. However, most commonly the plant has been used as a topical application to treat fungal and bacterial infections, bruises, skin conditions, and as an anti-inflammatory application for wounds. Traditional uses also include for sore throats, coughs and respiratory infections, where it is thought to reduce swelling of mucous membranes. A tea to assist with cold and flu can be made by steeping 3-5grams of dried elderflower in one cup of boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Strain the flowers off and then drink three times daily. It also combines well with peppermint and yarrow to make the popular blend YEP tea for colds and flu.

Culinary Uses

Elderberry has a bitter taste when uncooked and must NOT be used in its raw state. Uncooked berries and other parts of the elder family of plants contain cyanide inducing glycosides and can be extremely toxic. Caution is advised before using raw or dried fruits.

However, both the flowers and berries have a wide array of culinary uses. The flowers can be covered in batter and made into fritters, soaked in water to make a drink or dried flowers can be used to make a pleasant tea. The fruits are popularly cooked or made into syrups for pies, jams, jellies, sauces and other desserts. They can also be added to other food, such as bread rolls once made into syrup. Wine, beer and other drinks may also be made from the berries and the flowers used as decoration in desserts.

Elderberry syrup can be made from your own fruit and used on pancakes or added to water for a nice summer drink. Try this recipe: Take 1 cup each of water, fresh elderberries and granulated sugar and combine with ½ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally and then let simmer for 20 minutes, with occasional stirring. You can also try variations by adding honey or cloves to your taste.

 

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can either return your order for a full refund or exchange it for online store credit.

Find out more about our Returns information.

Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 91 Reviews
Write a Review

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
    A
    09/13/2020
    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    Elderflower

    Absolutely loved this service. Fast as efficient and my plants are thriving .

    A
    09/12/2020
    Anonymous
    Australia Australia
    Elderflower

    Came well packaged, on time. Very happy.

    JD
    09/04/2020
    Judi D.
    Australia Australia
    Elderflower plants

    I can't write more highly of Mudbrick Herb Cottage. My plants arrived promptly in very good condition and two weeks later they have doubled in size! The staff were very friendly and informative and I loved the personal touches. I will certainly order plants from them again.

    LR
    09/04/2020
    Louis R.
    Australia Australia
    Medicinal berries

    Dry the berries when they are ripe by hanging bunches of them in the garage on a string so they're dried out of the direct Sun or in a dehumidifier if you've got one then store in a airtight jar like I used to do and in winter if you get a chest cold or the flu, simmer up the dried berries..2 table spoons/ cup for about 15 minutes let it cool down and drink a glass of that and in the morning after you've had a good night's sleep you will find that your lungs have cleared up and your bronchial tubes have cleared up too.

    BJ
    08/30/2020
    Barbara J.
    Australia Australia
    Elderflower plants

    I am not a big gardener yet. But with the support of Sandra and the Mudbrick Herb Cottage I feel very confident to harvest my own Elderflowers and Elderberries in the future. And by the way I LOVE their teas:-)