Species At Risk

Ingrid With Plants

Making Plant Medicine Sustainable: From Wildcrafting to Organic Cultivation

Author: Ingrid Bauer. Ingrid With Plants Five Flavors Herbs was founded with a vision to improve the health of people, the planet, and our communities by trusting the wisdom of nature. When we first began making herbal extracts 20 years ago, our audience was small, and we grew or wildcrafted many of the plants we used. We traveled up and down the West Coast to the same stands of wild plants each year: St. John’s ...
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Goldenseal Summit 2020

Goldenseal Summit 2020

A Round Table Discussion on the Future of Goldenseal Sponsored by The North Carolina Ginseng Association, Living Web Farms, and United Plant Savers – The North Carolina Ginseng Association, United Plant Savers, and Living Web Farms put together an online event to capture the opinions and recommendations of a broad cross-section of experts and producers of Goldenseal. The virtual event took place on April 22, 2020. There were round table discussions that were recorded and ...
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492=301 Ramps spring 2012 2 pic by Peggy 2.22.21 PM

Ramps – Allium tricoccum

Overall At-Risk Score:47 Latin Name: Allium tricoccum Allium tricoccum var. Burdickii, previously Allium burdickii ⁶ Common Name: Ramps; wild leek, Ramsons var. Burdickii if often referred to as Narrowleaf Ramps, Narrowleaf Wild Leek Family: Amaryllidaceae; Subfamily: Allioideae Geographic Region: Minnesota to Illinois to Maine – CT, DE, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, WV³¹ Habitat: Ramps are found in a variety of hardwood forest ...
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The Ramp - Tanner Filyaw of Rural Action in SE Ohio

The Ramp – Tanner Filyaw of Rural Action in SE Ohio

The ramp (Allium tricoccum) has been favored for generations for its tasty garlic and onion flavor and as a spring tonic to cleanse the blood. Each year the emergence of the ramp signals harvesters to flock to the woods to gather the bulbs for their own table or to sell into the growing ramp retail market. Ramps have traditionally been sold at roadside stands, from the bed of pick-up trucks, at rural diners, and at ...
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American Ginseng

By Richo Cech This is an excerpt from Richo’s book,Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs. Notes on American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.)…As long as the minimum requirements of appropriate temperature, soil and shade are met, some success in cultivating ginseng outside its native range is a reasonable expectation. For example, west of the Rockies the states of Oregon and Washington have proven fertile ground for both home-based gardening and large-scale farming of ginseng. Canada, with its cold ...
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Lobelia inflata by hzell sm

Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)

By H. Zell (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Historical Background Lobelia is a beautiful name for a beautiful plant with a notorious reputation and a rich historical past. There are more than 350 species of lobelia found worldwide. As a beautiful native plant, lobelia has work to do outside the realm of human herbal medicine. Its teachings are many and varied, and we have probably only begun to understand its ...
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The Gentians

The Gentians

By Richo Cech The root of gentian stimulates the salivary glands and the digestion, while the flowers of this fantastic plant have long excited the gardener and the alpine hiker. The genus Gentiana is extremely diverse, represented by over 200 distinct species worldwide. The plants are distributed globally, mainly occurring in alpine regions. In North America there are 33 recognized species. These include such diverse plants as alpine gentian (G. newberryi), a pale blue flowered, ...
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