Another, 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.



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