Red Buckeye (Aesculus Pavia)

August 2022
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
shutterstock user EQRoy

This native plant has a variety of uses, in addition to being a natural beauty

- The species is named after 16th century Dutch botanist Peter Paaw.

- The seeds and young shoots of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

- Native Nations once crushed the seeds and young shoots, using them to daze fish and make them easier to capture.

- Black dye can be harvested from the wood of this plant.

- The roots can create a natural soap

- These plants are commonly found in the woods, along streams, in thickets, and on rocky hills.

- The leaves of this plant usually drop off by the end of the summer.