Species At Risk

Species At-Risk List

Species At-Risk List

For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities. Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these ...
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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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Cultivation of American Wild Yam

Cultivation of American Wild Yam

By Richo Cech American wild yam (Dioscorea villosa or D. quaternata) is native to the Central and Eastern United States, from Minnesota south to Texas and across to the Atlantic States, excluding the states of northern New England. In northern areas, it can be grown very successfully in a greenhouse, as the plants prefer filtered light and warm, moist conditions. In southern states or on the western seaboard and California, wild yam may be readily ...
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