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Old Time Botanical Prints

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 something very relaxed, slow and mindful […]

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Chinese ginseng, Korean ginseng, Panax

Plant Profile: Chinese Ginseng

Botanical Name: Panax ginseng Family: Araliaceae Common Name: Chinese or Korean Ginseng, these names refer to the same plant grown in different countries. Part Used for Medicine: Root Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: There are wide variations in both cost and quality on the ginseng market along with less than […]

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Plant Profile: Manzanita

Botanical Name: Arctostaphylos pungens or A. pringlei Arctostaphylos uva ursi grows at higher elevations, mostly above 8,000′. Family: Ericaceae Common Names: Manzanita Part Used for Medicine: Leaves Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: 
 Manzanita refers to the red berries that resemble small apples, a favorite of birds. This evergreen bush […]

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Wild Greens for the Community Herbalist: Sow Thistle

Botanical Name: Sonchus oleraceus Family: Compositae Common Names: Sow Thistle Primary Characteristics for Field ID: The flower closely resembles a dandelion. The leaves are whorled. An annual. Part Used for Food: The leaves and tender portion of the stems Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: This plant likes disturbed soil so […]

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"Calendula officinalis" "skin care" lotion salve

Plant Profile: Calendula Flower

Botanical Name: Calendula officinalis Family: Compositae Common Names: Marigold, Pot Marigold These common names can be confusing and imprecise so always check the botanical name before using. Part Used for Medicine: Flower Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: Calendula is found only as a culitvated flower in the Southwest. It is […]

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Arizona herbal Medicine

Final Research Project: Goldenrod

I am pleased to share the plant research paper written by a graduate of the Foundations of Herbal Medicine program, Ellen Parish. It provides a thorough overview of the beneficial uses of this traditional herb. Enjoy! Goldenrod Research by

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Burdock, alterative

Plant Profile: Burdock Root

Botanical Name: Arctium lappa Family: Compositae Common Names: Burdock Part Used for Medicine: Root Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special Considerations: In Southwest Colorado, it grows in shade, sometimes  near streams. Although some field guides list burdock in northern Arizona, I have yet to see it. It is widespread in the Midwest […]

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Plant Profile: Amaranth

Botanical Name: Amaranthus retroflexus is very common and 60+ spp. worldwide Family: Amaranthaceae Common Names: Pigweed Primary Characteristics for Field ID: Leaves are lanceolate and alternate along the main stem. Stems are red. Part Used for Food: Fresh leaves and young tips of stems. Older leaves and stems are either bitter, stringy or fibrous. Cultivated […]

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Plant Profile: Chamomile

Botanical Name: Roman Chamomile: Chamaemelum nobilis Both plants are therapeutic however Matricaria recutita is my personal favorite. Matricaria refers to Motherly, recutita refers to Bounce Back, both good qualities to have in a healing herb. Family: Compositae Common Names: Chamomile Manzanilla Part Used for Medicine: Flowers Habitat in Which it is Found/ Harvesting Season/ Special […]

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Plant Profile: Wild Mustard

Botanical Name: Sisymbrium irio Family: Brassicaceae 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 […]

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