Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is native to North America and Asia. The name “witch” actually comes from the old word “wiche” which actually means “bendable” – branches from this shrub were used a diving rods to help locate water sources.

Witch Hazel is unusual in that it flowers in February rather than traditional spring time, and flowers burst out of the fruit from the previous year!

You can purchase a Witch Hazel solution at the drugstore for skin problems like eczema, poison ivy and sunburn.

Witch Hazel is a great plant to use in your garden instead of plants like Burning Bush (invasive!) and Forsythia. Look for it at local garden centers and plant this time of year.