What Plants Did Lewis & Clark Find?
Chokecherry twigs were boiled to make a decoction. After two doses of the brew and a few hours rest, he was well again. Chokecherry grows in any soil type in full sun. The foliage and twigs are browse for wildlife, and the berries are palatable to humans.
Lewis became ill while hiking ahead to look for the Great Falls. He had violent pain in the intestines and no medicine chest. The men boiled chokecherry twigs and made him a tea to drink. After two doses, he was cured.