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Apiaceae for Herbalists

The common names for the Apiaceae family are either the carrot or parsley family. The old family name was Umbelliferae; some books still show this and occasionally botanists still use this older name out of habit. This is an *extremely* important family to know. One reason is that it has abundant herbs, spices and foods. […]

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Plant Profile: Sow Thistle

Botany: Sonchus oleraceus (Compositae) Other names for this family are Aster, Sunflower and its former name, Asteraceae An annual, the flowers closely resemble dandelions. Common Names: Sow Thistle Southwest Habitat: I see this mostly in the 3,000’ – 5,000’ range. It is common in the Verde Valley and around Sedona. As it likes disturbed soil, […]

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Plant Profile: Poison Hemlock

Whether foraging for greens or wildcrafting herbs, knowing the few toxic plants in one’s environment is essential. Poison hemlock is a potentially deadly plant that is frequently encountered in the forests and meadows of northern Arizona. This article and collection of photos is meant to help you identify this plant in your outdoor explorations and […]

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Plant Profile: Chenopodium album

Botany: Chenopodium album (Chenopodiaceae) Spinach, beets, chard and quinoa are also in this family Common Names: Goosefoot (the leaves are in the shape of a goose’s foot which helps with the field ID for a non-botanist) Lambs Quarters Southwest Habitat: My personal experience with this plant is from 3,000’ up to 7500’. It is abundant […]

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Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Botany: Sisymbrium irio Common Names: Wild Mustard, London Rocket Southwest Habitat: Between 1,000’ and 7,500’ – the growing season depends on the elevation. While not native to North America, it is widespread and commonly found in disturbed soil. This is a plant found along trails during Sonoran winter hikes, under juniper trees in the Verde […]

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Plant Profile: Amaranth

Botany: Amaranthus retroflexus is common although there are 60+ species worldwide. The Plant Family is Amaranthaceae Leaves are lanceolate and alternate along the main stem. The stem is often reddish in color. Common Names: Pigweed Southwest Habitat: My personal experience with this plant is from 3,000’ up to 7500’. It is abundant in the Verde […]

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Backcountry Water Treatment

This article presents information on the possible water contaminants in the backcountry and the pros and cons of each type of treatment. The Enemies 4 Categories: 1.Protozoan cysts: These are hard-shelled, single-cell parasites, including the well-known Giardia lamblia (ranging in size from 5 to 15 microns) and the resilient, lesser-known Cryptosporidium parvum (2 to 5 […]

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Plant Profile: Wild Greens

Why We Should Eat Wild Greens As a group, wild greens are higher in nutrition than domestic produce grown on farms. This is true even for organically grown produce. The generations-long process of domesticating a plant involved selecting for a specific size, color, flavor or ripening date. This happened at the expense of reduced fiber […]

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Rewilding: A Connection to Nature

A guest blog by Arthur Haines from the Delta Institute at http://www.arthurhaines.com Rewilding Fundamentals Rewilding is a process for creating humans who can live in a healthful, truly sustainable manner, in close connection with their local landscape (i.e., as part of the wild ecology). It is a trajectory that anyone can follow, regardless of where […]

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