Seeds, flowers, leaves.
In the past, the ocean spring plant has been employed for several purposes. While members of the Lummi tribe employed the flowers to treat diarrhea, the leaves were used in the form of a poultice to treat a number of injuries. Several other tribes also employed the wood as well as the bark of this shrub to make different tools and furniture. The wood of this shrub is noted for its strength and earlier it was frequently used for making bows and arrows, spears, digging sticks, nails and harpoons. Similar to that of many other plants, the wood of ocean spring was also hardened using fire and subsequently polished with horsetail. Many native tribes, for instance the Stl'atl'imx used to permeate the berries of ocean spring in boiling water and later use them to treat conditions like diarrhea, chickenpox, small pox and even in the form of a blood tonic. The seeds of ocean spray plant are used in the form of a blood cleanser. An infusion prepared from the seeds of this herb has been traditionally used to treat black measles, small pox and chicken pox. The flowers of the plant have been used to treat diarrhea, while the inner bark has been used in the form of a tonic. An infusion prepared from the blossoms has been employed in the form of eyewash. You can dry the bark and pulverize it into a powder and subsequently use it with an oil to treat burn injuries. Traditionally, a poultice prepared from the leaves has been applied topically to sore lips as well as tender feet. On the other hand, the leaves were dried and pulverized into a powder form for dressing sores. In addition, a decoction prepared using the leaves of ocean spray has been employed to cure influenza. The timber of this plant is not only hard, but also very durable. Earlier, several residents of the coastal groups where the plants grow in the wild used its wood to make bows and arrows, harpoons and several other tools. These tribes included the Squamish, Salish, Sechelt, Halqemeylem and the Kwakwakawakw. According to available documents, members of the Cowichan and Saanich tribes used the wood of this shrub to make sticks that were used for barbequing salmon, halibut hooks, inner bark scrapers, and cattail mat needles. In more recent times, they are being also used to make knitting needles. In earlier days, pegs made from ocean spray wood were utilized in construction work prior to people started using nails. In fact, members of the Nlakapamux tribe employed the hard wood of ocean spray shrubs for armour plating. The Squaxin, on the other hand, used the wood for making canoe paddles.
Ocean spray (Holodiscus discolor) is commonly found growing in the woodlands and mountainous regions in California. Usually, they are found growing along the banks of streams, damp woods, hills and canyons and also in the valleys that are located at an altitude of about 2,100 meters above the sea level. In addition, ocean spray is also found growing on rocky or gravely soils in a variety of sites ranging from moist upland forests to coastal bluffs. They are occasionally also found growing in the open areas. This herb has a preference for full sunlight, though it can also succeed in semi-shaded regions. They like dry to moist conditions, subject to the species you are cultivating. These plants are an excellent collection for any type of butterfly garden, as they attract them.