Herbalist, author, botanist, mycologist & research scientist
Bark smells like wintergreen, used by native American Indians as a "life medicine" Makes a tasty trail tea.
Roots smell like wintergreen. California herbalists use tinctures and other preparations for allaying pain of menstrual cramps and other uses.
One of the biggest and most beautiful wild peony flowers I've ever seen. Taken in the mountains above Santa Barbara, early spring, 2016.