Witch Hazel – Hamamelis Virginiana: Most Popular Astringent of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Witch Hazel - Hamamelis Virginiana

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for witch-hazel? Witch hazel is one of those edible and medicinal plants that many people have used frequently without even thinking once about herbal medicine. Witch hazel (hamamelis virginiana) isn’t listed in Haliburton Flora. We’re on the border of its natural distribution. It didn’t take off as an understory …

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New Jersey Tea – Ceanothus Americanus: Redroot of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

New Jersey Tea - Ceanothus Americanus

In Chippewa, odiga’dimanido’ refers to prairie redroot, New Jersey teas close relation. Both have red roots and thus redroot as a folk name. They have the same uses and host the same caterpillars. This edible and medicinal plant will certainly end up in our pollinator series for the Wood Folk Diaries! The shrub New Jersey tea …

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Fire Cherry – Prunus Pensylvanica: Early Cherry of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Fire Cherry - Prunus Pensylvanica

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for fire cherry? We’ve covered almost every native cherry in Ontario and this, also called bird cherry for one, is no exception to the fact prunus spp. are fantastic for birds and other wildlife, and not just jam! Pin cherry / Fire cherry (prunus pensylvanica) was common along roadsides, …

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Wild Grapevines – Vitis SPP.: Pickle Crisper of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Wild Grapevines - Vitis SPP.

In Chippewa, jo’minaga’wunj is the word for vitis vulpina the wild “fox grape”. In Ontario, you’ll find both wild grapes like riverbank grape and abandoned stretches of old cultivated vines. And they are all edible and medicinal. Wild grapevines (vitis SPP.) like riverbank grape (vitis riparia) are strangely absent from the plant index in Haliburton Flora. Their …

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Eastern Hemlock – Tsuga Canadensis: Porcupine Tree of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Eastern Hemlock - Tsuga Canadensis

In Chippewa, gaga’gimie, eastern hemlock is also called gaagaagiwanzh meaning “porcupine, his tree“. It’s a tree beneficial to countless wildlife with many edible, medicinal and craft uses. Eastern hemlock (tsuga canadensis) can be found in moist hardwood forests. I haven’t seen any on the 1 or the 100 acre I frequent, but I know people …

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