Horseweed – Conyza Canadensis: Another Overlooked Pollinator Fav of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Horseweed - Conyza Canadensis

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for horseweed? Maybe it’s the name “weed”. Or maybe it’s the location; weedy parking lots and driveways. But I always assumed horseweed was a nonnative plant. Surprise! It’s actually native to Ontario and a powerhouse for small pollinators. Horseweed (conyza canadensis syn. erigeron canadensis) is fairly common around Haliburton …

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Common Lilac – Syringa Vulgaris: Candy of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Common Lilac – Syringa Vulgaris

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for lilac? Lilac is not native to Ontario, but it’s pretty easy to find having been a favourite hedge of many homesteaders. It’s more of a candy to our native insects than nutritive (as a native plant would be). With that and the folk name “nose-candy”, candied petals, etc., …

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Horseradish – Armoracia Rusticana: Sting Nose of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Horseradish - Armoracia Rusticana

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for horseradish? Horseradish is a nonnative edible and medicinal plant that has escaped into the wild here in Ontario. It’s known for causing your nose to sting when you eat it. Horseradish (armoracia rusticana syn. cochlearia armoracia, armoracia lapathifolia, and rorippa armoracia), originally called sea radish, is a long way from home …

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Water Horehounds – Lycopus SPP.: Culvert Mint of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Water Horehounds - Lycopus SPP.

In Chippewa, ande’gopin meaning “crow plant” refers to rough bugleweed, a lycopus you can find in parts of Ontario. Also known as water horehounds, these edible and medicinal plants are one of the least minty of the mint family. Water horehounds (lycopus spp.) can be found, as the name suggests, in wetlands, damp meadows and stream …

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Bedstraws – Galium SPP.: Coffee Cousin of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Bedstraws - Galium SPP.

Does anyone know an Anishinaabemowin word for cleavers? Cleavers (galium aparine) is a widely popular edible and medicinal plant, but there are over a dozen bedstraws in our neck of Ontario to confuse them with. Bedstraws (galium spp.) include the most notable cleavers (g. aparine), which will be the star of this feature. When I …

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