False Solomon’s-Seal – Smilacina Racemosa: Beetle-Friend of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

In Chippewa, agong’osiminun, false Solomon’s-seal is known by multiple Latin names: smilacina racemosa, maianthemum racemosum, and vagnera racemosa. If you’ve seen a plant with a massive cluster of speckled pink and red berries hanging from it along the border of your woods, this edible and medicinal plant is likely the one. Around Haliburton we have […]

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Common Comfrey – Symphytum Officinale: Healing Herb of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for comfrey? Another escapee from settler cultivation around here, comfrey is an historically renown and presently controversial edible and medicinal plant. Around Haliburton, we have both common comfrey and the blue flowered wild sort (now andersonglossum boreale). The proper one of the title name has creamy yellow flowers. The […]

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Ox-eye Daisy – Leucanthemum Vulgare: Beloved Daisy of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Does anyone know an Anishinaabemowin word for ox-eye daisy? Commonly seen woven into a crown on the heads of ethereally dressed children in aesthetic photography.. who knew this familiar flower is edible and medicinal too? This plant is so neglected in my herbal library. Yet it’s one of the first plants many young folks will […]

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Beaked Hazel – Corylus Cornuta: Nut of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

In Chippewa, one word for hazel is bagan‘, which means nuts, burs or wood. Beaked hazel or hazelnut is our local edible and medicinal filbert. And it can be used just the same as the store bought one! Like many related (and similarly leaved) trees and shrubs, you’ll find them most along the edges. If […]

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Hawthorn – Crataegus SPP.: Heart Herb of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

In Chippewa, thornapple is called mine’saga’wunj, meaning “having fruit and also spikes.” No other shrub in Canada has these awl like thorns. Hawthorn, despite its thorny appearance, is both an edible and strongly medicinal plant. Be very careful with the thorns – don’t poke your eye out! They are scary sharp! Northern shrikes have been […]

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Lamb’s Quarters – Chenopodium Album: Quinoa of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for lamb’s quarters? A relation of quinoa, lamb’s quarters is another wild edible and medicinal plant that likes to take over disturbed soil, like the plot you just tilled for your garden! It was a toss up between quinoa and wild spinach for the subtitle. But there are so […]

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