Wildcrafting: Medicinal Plant Gathering Guide

| March/April 2002

1.  Make sure you collect the proper species. There are poisonous lookalikes for many plants. Use a good guidebook, or, better yet, take an herb walk with a local expert to identify species growing in your area.

2.  Be sure you collect the correct plant part.

3.  Leave endangered or threatened species alone.

4.  Ask permission before gathering on private land. Local, federal, and state parks often have limits on collecting wild plants as well.

5.  If possible, spray or water plants the day before collecting, or gather the day after a rain.

6.  Avoid collecting plants within fifty feet of a busy road and in sprayed or polluted areas.

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