Honeysuckles – Lonicera SPP.: Nectar of Edible & Medicinal Plants

Honeysuckles - Lonicera SPP.

In Ojibwe, ozaawaaskined, honeysuckles are sometimes edible and sometimes medicinal. But always a favorite of nectar seekers like the ruby-throated hummingbird along with all-stars like scarlet bee balm and cardinal flower. Some human folks seek the nectar too. The most abundant native honeysuckle here is American/Canadian Fly (lonicera canadensis), which likes openings in deciduous and mixed …

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Orange Day-Lily – Hemerocallis Fulva: Ditch Spud of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Orange day-lily – Hemerocallis fulva

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for orange day-lily? Like many plants called “lily”, it isn’t a true lily. The flowers are just lily-like. The “day” part comes from each bloom only lasting a day. It’s a non-native edible and medicinal plant you can just gobble up if you like. In Haliburton, we have both …

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Jewelweed – Impatiens Capensis: The Snappiest Forageable Edible & Medicinal Wild Plant

Jewelweed - Impatiens capensis

In Ojibwe, omakakiibag sometimes refers to Jewelweed, the snappiest edible and medicinal herb.  It’s handy to have around if you like clumsily rooting through wild plants like me, and end up grazing yourself with stinging nettle or worse – poison ivy. Jewelweed is so named because of the way the dew beads on it. Sometimes …

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