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Hypericum perforatum – St John’s Wort Monograph

Monograph of St. John’s Wort – Hypericum perforatum Caitlin Stoner, a recent graduate of the “Foundations of Herbal Medicine” course, chose this multi-use therapeutic herb for her final research project. I am very happy to share her expertise on our school’s website. Click the link below to read her work. Hypericum – St. Johns Wort […]

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Botanical Prints: Part I

I am especially fond of the old time hand drawn and colored plant illustrations that were common before the age of “immediate posting of photos on social media” became the norm. Don’t get me wrong… I am a huge fan of photography and love sharing my own plant images on the web. But there is […]

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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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Final Project Research Plant: Goldenseal

 I am pleased to share a final project research paper from a recent graduate of the 9 month “Foundations of Herbal Medicine”  program. This student has chosen to remain anonymous but would like to publicly share the project. Goldenseal – Hydrastis canadensis Prepared by … Foundations of Herbal Medicine The Forager’s Path School of Botanical […]

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Plant Profile: Nettle Leaf

Botany: Urtica dioica (Urticaceae).  The seeds and root also have therapeutic uses and will be addressed in separate profiles. Common Names: Nettles, stinging nettles Southwest Habitat: Nettles like rich, black, damp soil in partial shade. It is most likely found in riparian areas, near seeps or in shady areas where deciduous trees have had the […]

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A Special Yucca at the Grand Canyon

 I had a nice surprise in mid-March during a hiking trip in the western end of the Grand Canyon. My group came across “Hesperoyucca newberryi” in full bloom. This was a first for me and quite special. This plant used to be (and sometimes still is, depending on the source) in the Yucca genus, where […]

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Plant Profile: Motherwort

Botany: Leonurus cardiaca (Lamiaceae) A classic example of the mint family’s square stem and opposite leaves. The square shape of the large stem on this plant has helped many a student remember the mint family. Common Names Motherwort Southwest Habitat: It likes disturbed soil and where there is a bit more moisture than usual in […]

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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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