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TAG : wild plants

Elderberry vs Poke Berry Identification

Elder (Sambucus canadensis, s.nigra), known as the "people's medicine chest", is one of my favorite allies.  In my backyard "elder forest" they grow as something between a bush and small trees at a height of 10-13 feet.  In June, I use elderflowers in delicious edible and medicinal ...

Dandelion – More than Just a Weed

Dandelions, Taraxacum officinale (sunflower family, Asteraceae) are perhaps the most widely recognized  U. S. weed. Huge amounts of money and time are spent killing dandelions. How the Dandelion got its Name No one knows why the scientific name is Taraxacum. In 1600 pharmacists called ...

black-cohosh

United Plant Savers “At Risk” Wild Medicinal Plants

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 ...

Garlic Mustard: A Spring Gourmet Food!

Yes, I said it, garlic mustard as a gourmet food!   I firmly believe with some successful rebranding, garlic mustard could be the new seasonal food craze up there with the likes of morel mushrooms or leeks and is MUCH easier to find. Its heart shaped leaves and white flowers carry that garlic ...

Voluptuous Violets

  The voluptuous violet of spring is such a welcome sight not just in the forest but it is popping up everywhere! For example in mythology, one of the earliest tales of the Greeks told how Ajax slew himself over a cowardly act and where he died leaving drops of blood, violets are said to ...

Rose Petal Jelly Recipe

"Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan Some of the roses grown in my garden include: Row 1: Constance Spry, Alchymyst, Paul's Himalayan Musk Row 2: Rugosas:  Therese Bugnet, Rubra, Alba Row 3: Konigen Von Danemark, Eglantine (leaves ...

Striking Gold with Calendula

[avatar user="ajirsa" size="thumbnail" align="center" link="file" /] We here in the Northern Hemisphere have just celebrated the summer solstice--the longest day of the year and the beginning (for most of us) of the summer holiday season. All of this sun, mild weather, and blooming gardens ...

Pickled Dandelion Buds Recipe

Are dandelions taking over your "lawn"?   Dandelions are healthful and pretty darned tasty.  Forage your lawn - one that has NOT been sprayed with any chemicals.  Betty Fikes Pillsbury shows you an easy refrigerator pickle recipe for the buds of dandelions. Here's a video showing how to ...

Violets for All Seasons

‘Wild’ yards are things of beauty in the spring time!  Weeds to one, are salad greens, seasonings, or medicine to another.  From the tiny white flowers adorning chickweed to the deep purple and green blossoms of henbit, unkempt, springtime yards are happy rainbows of color. It is ...

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