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Hare-thorn - Flora
Written By: Valerie Joanne Higgins (Writer), Deirdre / Wyld_Dandelyon (Editor), Ellen Million (Developer), Lorna (Comtessa) (Developer)
A description of the Northern plant, hare-thorn.
 
 

Hare-thorn grows either as a shrub or a tree. Its trunk and stems are hard wood with a dark purplish brown bark and thorns. It flowers early, the soft fluffy yellow and orange flowers or catkins appearing before it comes into leaf. It will flower while snow still lies on the ground, the flowers appearing bright against the bare stems. Hare-thorn has round deciduous leaves with slightly toothed edges. The dark purplish brown nuts remain on the tree after the leaves have fallen.

Hare-thorn grows in the north, in the area where the snow-unicorn riders live. Its bright catkins are a very welcome sign of coming Spring. It is associated with silk-hares, because the shedding wool of the silk-hare is often found caught in tufts on the thorny lower branches of the hare-thorn, and also because the texture of the hare-thorn's bright catkins is said to resemble that of silk-hare wool.

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