nearly ubiquitous forest floor resident is salal, a rambling
plant with glossy, leathery leaves that can grow as a low ground
cover, or as a 10-foot thicket, depending on conditions. Salal
produce arching clusters of edible berries in late summer that
were an important part of coastal Indian diets. Salal are also
planted as an ornamental species for their leaf texture and colorful
flowers and berries.