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Cornus suecica

Cornus suecica L.

Lapland Cornel, Dwarf Northern Cornel, Eurasian Dwarf Cornel, Bunchberry

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Synonym(s): Chamaepericlymenum suecicum, Cornella suecica, Swida suecica

USDA Symbol: COSU4

USDA Native Status: AK (N), CAN (N), GL (N), SPM (N)

Cornus suecica ranges across the northern Holarctic, from northern Eurasia to far northeast and far northwest North America. It has small purple flowers surrounded by 4 bracts. This northern forest species and Cornus canadensis are the only herbs in the dogwood group, the other members being trees and shrubs.

The genus cornus is Latin for a horn.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


Canada: BC , NB , NL , NS , NT , PE , QC

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cornus suecica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cornus suecica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cornus suecica


Record Modified: 2023-03-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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