Stonecrops – Sedum SPP.: And Live Forever of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Stonecrops - Sedum SPP.

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for sedum? These juicy looking succulents can be found occasionally in the wild, but none are native to Ontario. Stonecrops (sedum spp.) that you may spot around here include Spanish stonecrop (s. hispanicum) and mossy also known as biting stonecrop (s. acre), neither common. They are both pictured below. …

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Swamp Milkweed – Asclepias Incarnata: Hot Pink Milkweed of Edible & Medicinal Plants

Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias Incarnata

In Chippewa, bu’giso’win meaning “swimming“, swamp milkweed is not as edible and medicinal as its common relation. So we’re all the more talking about how much of an all-star this plant is for pollinator gardens and native landscaping. Swamp milkweed (asclepias incarnata) can be found in the margins of swamps, marshes and other low wet …

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Purple Loosestrife – Lythrum Salicaria: Purple Marsh Eater of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Purple Loosestrife - Lythrum Salicaria

Does anyone know an Anishinaabemowin word for purple loosestrife? This introduced edible and medicinal plant sure is pretty, but purple loosestrife is taking over our marshes and crowding out native plants necessary for a healthy ecosystem. Purple loosestrife (lythrum salicaria) was rare here when Haliburton Flora was compiled. They only found it in two locations. …

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Shepherd’s Purse – Capsella Bursa-pastoris: Another Mustard of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Shepherd’s Purse – Capsella Bursa-pastoris

Does anyone know an Anishinaabemowin word for shepherd’s purse? Shepherd’s purse is the second-most prolific wild “weed” in the entire world (polygonum aviculare/pigweed is #1). In cottage country Ontario it’s not that prolific, but you can still find this edible and medicinal mustard. Shepherd’s purse (capsella bursa-pastoris) may be found around here on dry sandy …

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Field Penny-cress – Thlaspi Arvense: Jet Fuel of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Field Penny-cress – Thlaspi Arvense

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for field penny-cress? This slightly edible and medicinal plant may have a future in renewable fuels. Field penny-cress (thlaspi arvense) is listed as uncommon in Haliburton Flora. It is sometimes found along roadsides or on old farmland mixed in with tall grasses. It prefers disturbed areas, so even though …

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