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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

Coneflowers – Echinacea SPP.: Trendiest of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Coneflowers - Echinacea SPP.

In Chippewa,  gi’zuswe’bigwa’is meaning “it is scattering”, who hasn’t heard of echinacea? It’s one of the biggest fads in herbal medicine in recent decades. But are the claims about echinacea legit or overblown hype? Friend or fad? I’ll admit I’ve taken echinacea at the first sign of sniffles before. It’s one of if not the …

Read more

Wild Chive – Allium Schoenoprasum: Underrated var. Laurentianum of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Wild Chive - Allium Schoenoprasum

Does anyone have an Anishinaabemowin word for chives? Wild chive usually refers to the very same chives you’d get from a seed packet for your garden or from a grocery store. The big surprise – there’s a variety native to Ontario! Wild chive (allium schoenoprasum) is typically a rare escapee from cultivation around here, more …

Read more

Giant Hyssops – Agastache SPP.: Hummingbird Mint of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Giant Hyssops - Agastache SPP.

In Chippewa, weza’wunuckwuk meaning “yellow plant”, referring to yellow giant hyssop, we have a few native agastache in Ontario. Rarely seen in the wild, they are a popular addition to pollinator gardens and they also have edible and medicinal uses for humans! Giant hyssops (agastache SPP.) are absent from Haliburton Flora although a few are native …

Read more

Avens – Geum SPP.: Chocolate Root of Edible & Medicinal Wild Plants

Avens - Geum SPP.

In Ojibwe, wica’wasa’konek meaning “yellow light” is one word for an avens, specifically large-leaved avens. Our chocolatey title is after the edible usage of the purple avens. We’ve got many avens in Ontario, Canada! Avens (geum spp.) are in the rose family, closely related to cinquefoils and strawberries. In milder climates they are evergreen. Our fairly …

Read more