Latin name: Salix discolor Muhl.
Botanical family: Salicaceae
Growth habit: Shrub
Vernacular name(s): pussy willow (Eng.)
saule discolor, chatons (Fr.)
nipisi (Cree)
wigubi (Atikamekw)
Inner bark :Infusion taken to cure diarrhoea [Cree 95]. Powdered and mixed with boiling water to obtain a paste applied to sore throat [Atikamekw 73].
Bark and roots :Tea prepared with bark and root of Pinus banksiana, Pinus strobus, Quercus rubra and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi given in fainting and fits [Ojibwa 86].
Roots :Tea given in stomach troubles, fainting and trembling [Ojibwa 86]. Boiled until thick and used to treat skin cancer, taken internally to treat kidney ailments [Mi'kmaq 62]. Twigs Infusion used to activate lactation after childbirth [Atikamekw 73].