United Plant Savers “At Risk” Wild Medicinal Plants

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The black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) plant.

The black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) plant against black.Image of Black cohosh flowering.  https://www.unitedplantsavers.org/species-at-risk

For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities. Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these herbs. Rather, we are initiating programs designed to preserve these important wild medicinal plants.
If you have space and can grow any of these plants for education and preservation please do. Strictly Medicinal Seed (and plant starts) is one resource www.strictlymedicinalseeds.com
“At Risk” List includes:

American Ginseng – Panax quinquefolius
Bloodroot – Sanguinaria canadensis
Black Cohosh – Actaea racemosa L.
Blue Cohosh – Caulophyllum thalictroides
Echinacea – Echinacea spp.
Eyebright – Euphrasia spp.
False Unicorn Root – Chamaelirium luteum
Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis
Osha – Ligusticum porteri, L. spp.
and more….also see the “To Watch”list.

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