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A creeping herbaceous plant (Cornus canadensis) chiefly of northern North America, having clusters of scarlet fruit and inconspicuous greenish flowers surrounded by four white, petallike bracts. Also called dwarf cornel.


n, pl -ries
(Plants) a dwarf variety of dogwood native to North America, Cornus canadensis, having red berries


(ˈbʌntʃˌbɛr i, -bə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
a dwarf dogwood, Cornus canadensis, bearing clusters of bright red berries.
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Noun1.bunchberry - creeping perennial herb distinguished by red berries and clustered leaf whorls at the tips of shootsbunchberry - creeping perennial herb distinguished by red berries and clustered leaf whorls at the tips of shoots; Greenland to Alaska
cornel, dogwood, dogwood tree - a tree of shrub of the genus Cornus often having showy bracts resembling flowers
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Bold floral motifs as used on the later, larger gashkibidaaganag were routinely observed by Native beadwork artists from the local flora, including vines, tendrils, American white water lily (Nymphaea odorata), bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), and broad-leaf arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia).
Within minutes, however, the trek narrowed and curved onto a more level track through a grove of giant fir trees, the surrounding forest floor covered in oxalis and other greenery, with white bunchberry blooms here and spears of vanilla leaf there.
Bunchberry (Comus canadensis), a common food of rock voles (Whitaker and Martin, 1977; Kirkland and Jannett, 1982) and other plant species associated with rock voles have ranges in Minnesota (Ownbey and Morley, 1991) extending well beyond the known range of rock voles.
If an evergreen "mulch'' is needed, consider the use of ivy (hardy English), Vinca (blue or white flowers), Pachysandra (Allegheny or Japanese Spurge), or native plants like Partridgeberry, Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis), Ginger (Canadian or European), heaths and heathers, or visit Garden In The Woods to view a living catalogue of native hardy plants.
Wet pinegrass and sunstruck lupine, midmorning in July; pipsissewa and bunchberry dogwood, cream-scented, mingling with the drier scent of paintbrush and the wet fur of a deer's belly from where it has just crashed through the sedgy marsh (that rich waterspray vaporizing in the rising warmth of the day).
The attractive white flowers of the bunchberry appear in May and June, surrounded by the shiny, green leaves of the plant.