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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.


2011 Foraging Key


Official
Image
Plant Common Name Scientific Name Foraging
Experience(s)
Local
Images
Identification /
Food & Medicine Details
Traditional Medicinal /
Food Uses
Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra Acorn & Whole Wheat Bread. (January 8, 2011) Local Images Northern Red Oak
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Oxeye Daisy Leucanthemum vulgare (Previously: Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) Oxeye Daisy & Red Clover Blossom Wine Drinking. (January 22, 2011) Local Images Oxeye Daisy
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Red Clover Trifolium pratense Oxeye Daisy & Red Clover Blossom Wine Drinking. (January 22, 2011) Local Images Red Clover
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum Maple sap. (April 2, 2011) Local Images Sugar Maple
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara Identification for future use. (April 11, 2011)
Coltsfoot tea. (April 22, 2011)
Local Images Coltsfoot
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Southern Ground Cedar (Fan Clubmoss) >Diphasiastrum digitatum (Synonyms: Lycopodium digitatum, Lycopodium flabelliforme) Identification for future use. (April 15, 2011) Local Images Southern Ground Cedar
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Shepherd’s Purse Capsella bursa-pastoris Leaves for salad greens. (April 17, 2011) Local Images Shepherd’s Purse
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bull Thistle (Spear Thistle, Roadside Thistle, Plumed Thistle) Cirsium vulgare (Synonym: Cirsium lanceolatum) Cooked root and cooked young leaves. (April 17, 2011) Local Images Bull Thistle
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Red Maple Acer rubrum Identification for future use. (April 18, 2011) Local Images Red Maple
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Skunk Cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus Identification for future use. (April 18, 2011) Local Images Skunk Cabbage
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Flat-Branched Ground Pine (Flat-Branched Tree Clubmoss, Ground Pine, Princess Pine, Rare Clubmoss) Lycopodium obscurum (Synonym: Dendrolycopodium obscurum) Identification for future use. (April 22, 2011) Local Images Flat-Branched Ground Pine
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Striped Pipsissewa (Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Prince's Pine) Chimaphila maculata Identification for future use. (April 24, 2011) Local Images Striped Pipsissewa
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Spring Whitlow Grass (Spring Draba) Draba verna (Synonym: Erophila verna) Identification for future use. (April 26, 2011) Local Images Spring Whitlow Grass
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Common Periwinkle Vinca minor Identification for future use. (April 28, 2011) Local Images Common Periwinkle
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
American Trout-Lily (Dogtooth Violet) Erythronium americanum Identification for future use. (April 28, 2011)
Steamed Trout-Lily. (April 29, 2011)
Trout-Lily leaf trail nibble. (May 10, 2011)
Local Images American Trout-Lily
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Showy Forsythia Forsythia x intermedia [F. suspensa x F. viridissima] Identification for future use. (April 29-30, 2011) Local Images Showy Forsythia
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
American Fly Honeysuckle (Canadian Fly Honeysuckle) Lonicera canadensis Identification for future use. (April 30, 2011) Local Images American Fly Honeysuckle
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Pennsylvania Clubmoss (Hickey's Tree Clubmoss, Intermediate Ground Pine) Lycopodium hickeyi (Synonym: Dendrolycopodium hickeyi) Identification for future use. (April 30, 2011) Local Images Pennsylvania Clubmoss
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Running Clubmoss (Running Ground Pine) Lycopodium clavatum Identification for future use. (April 30, 2011) Local Images Running Clubmoss
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
European Field Pansy (Field Violet) Viola arvensis Identification for future use. (May 1, 2011) Local Images European Field Pansy
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Trailing Arbutus (Mayflower) Epigaea repens Identification for future use. (May 1, 2011) Local Images Trailing Arbutus
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Common Blue Violet (Wooly Blue Violet) Viola sororia Trail nibble. (May 5-6, 2011) Local Images Common Blue Violet
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Wood Anemone Anemone quinquefolia Identification for future use. (May 6, 2011) Local Images Wood Anemone
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Dwarf Ginseng Panax trifolius Identification for future use. (May 5-6, 2011) Local Images Dwarf Ginseng
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Hobblebush Viburnum lantanoides Identification for future use. (May 7, 2011) Local Images Hobblebush
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Dwarf Nettle (Annual Nettle, Burning Nettle) Urtica urens Identification for future use. (May 8, 2011) Local Images Dwarf Nettle
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii Japanese Barberry leaf trail nibble. (May 10, 2011)
Local Images Japanese Barberry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Small Pussytoes (Howell’s Pussytoes) Antennaria howellii ssp. petaloidea (Synonym: Antennaria petaloidea) Identification for future use. (May 10, 2011) Local Images Small Pussytoes
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Arrowleaf Violet Viola sagittata var. ovata Identification for future use. (May 12-13, 2011) Local Images Arrowleaf Violet
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil (Dwarf Cinquefoil) Potentilla canadensis Identification for future use. (May 12, 2011) Local Images Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Azure Bluet (Little Bluet) Houstonia caerulea Identification for future use. (May 17, 2011) Local Images Azure Bluet
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Starflower Trientalis borealis Identification for future use. (May 20, 2011) Local Images Starflower
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Gaywings (Fringed Polygala, Flowering Wintergreen) Polygala paucifolia Identification for future use. (May 21, 2011) Local Images Gaywings
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Sundial Lupine (Wild Lupine) Lupinus perennis Identification for future use. (May 28, 2011) Local Images Sundial Lupine
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Cranberrybush, American (High Bush Cranberry) Viburnum opulus var. americanum (Synonym: Viburnum trilobum) Identification for future use. (May 30, 2011) Local Images American Cranberrybush
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Dame’s Rocket Hesperis matronalis Identification for future use. (May 30, 2011) Local Images Dame’s Rocket
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bigleaf Lupine (Large-Leaved Lupine, Garden Lupine) Lupinus polyphyllus Identification for future use. (June 5, 2011) Local Images Bigleaf Lupine
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Mouse Ear Hawkweed Hieracium pilosella Identification for future use. (June 6, 2011) Local Images Mouse Ear Hawkweed
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Smooth Spiderwort (Bluejacket, Common Spiderwort) Tradescantia ohiensis Identification for future use. (June 7, 2011) Local Images Smooth Spiderwort
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Staghorn Sumac Rhus typhina Harvesting and drying for Sumac spice. (July 16, 2011) Local Images Staghorn Sumac
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Tall Hairy Agrimony (Common Agrimony) Agrimonia gryposepala Identification for future use. (July 22, 2011) Local Images Tall Hairy Agrimony
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade Circaea canadensis Identification for future use. (July 22, 2011) Local Images Broadleaf Enchanter’s Nightshade
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Showy Ticktrefoil Desmodium canadense Identification for future use. (July 26, 2011) Local Images Showy Ticktrefoil
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Trillium, Painted (Painted Wakerobin) Trillium undulatum Identification for future use. (July 28, 2011) Local Images Painted Trillium
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bluebead Lily (Yellow Clintonia, Corn Lily) Clintonia borealis Identification for future use. (July 28, 2011) Local Images Bluebead Lily
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Allegheny Hawkweed (Panicled Hawkweed) Hieracium paniculatum Identification for future use. (August 3, 2011) Local Images Allegheny Hawkweed
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Nakedflower Ticktrefoil Desmodium nudiflorum Identification for future use. (August 3, 2011) Local Images Nakedflower Ticktrefoil
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
White Vervain Verbena urticifolia Identification for future use. (August 3, 2011) Local Images White Vervain
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Cardinalflower Lobelia cardinalis Identification for future use. (August 4, 2011) Local Images Cardinalflower
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
American Witchhazel Hamamelis virginiana Identification for future use. (August 4, 2011) Local Images American Witchhazel
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Mountain Ash, European (Rowan) Sorbus aucuparia Identification for future use. (August 5, 2011) Local Images Mountain Ash, European
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
American White Water-Lily Nymphaea odorata Identification for future use. (August 6, 2011) Local Images American White Water-Lily
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Tatarian Honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica Identification for future use. (August 6, 2011) Local Images Tatarian Honeysuckle
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bristly Locust (Rose Acacia) Robinia hispida Identification for future use. (August 8, 2011) Local Images Bristly Locust
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Narrowleaf Cow Wheat Melampyrum lineare Identification for future use. (August 8, 2011) Local Images Narrowleaf Cow Wheat
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia Identification for future use. (August 9, 2011) Local Images Virginia Creeper
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Chokecherry Prunus virginiana Identification for future use. (August 19, 2011)
Chokecherry harvest. (September 19, 2011)
Local Images Chokecherry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bear Oak (Scrub Oak) Quercus ilicifolia Identification for future use. (August 23, 2011) Local Images Bear Oak
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Cranberrybush, European (High Bush Cranberry) Viburnum opulus var. opulus (Synonym: Viburnum roseum) Identification for future use. (August 24, 2011) Local Images European Cranberrybush
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Alder, Speckled Alnus incana ssp. rugosa Identification for future use. (August 24, 2011) Local Images Speckled Alder
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Thinleaf Sunflower (Pale Sunflower, Forest Sunflower) Helianthus decapetalus Identification for future use. (August 25, 2011) Local Images Thinleaf Sunflower
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Rough Hawkweed Hieracium scabrum Identification for future use. (August 25, 2011) Local Images Rough Hawkweed
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Tall Rattlesnakeroot (Tall White Lettuce) Prenanthes altissima Identification for future use. (August 25, 2011) Local Images Tall Rattlesnakeroot
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Red Osier Dogwood Cornus sericea (Also known as: Swida sericea) Identification for future use. (August 26, 2011) Local Images Red Osier Dogwood
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower (Rough-Leaved Sunflower) Helianthus strumosus Identification for future use. (August 27, 2011) Local Images Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Indian Pipe Monotropa uniflora Identification for future use. (August 27, 2011) Local Images Indian Pipe
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Oneseed Bur-Cucumber Sicyos angulatus Identification for future use. (August 27, 2011) Local Images Oneseed Bur-Cucumber
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Ditch Stonecrop Penthorum sedoides Identification for future use. (August 28, 2011) Local Images Ditch Stonecrop
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Whorled Wood Aster (Sharp-Toothed Nodding Aster) Oclemena acuminata Identification for future use. (August 29, 2011) Local Images Whorled Wood Aster
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Gall of the Earth (Tall Rattlesnake Root) Prenanthes trifoliolata Identification for future use. (August 29, 2011)
Identification for future use. (September 5, 2011)
Local Images Gall of the Earth
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Slender Threeseed Mercury Acalypha gracilens Identification for future use. (August 29, 2011) Local Images Slender Threeseed Mercury
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
American Burnweed (Pilewort, Fireweed) Erechtites hieraciifolia (Synonyms: Erechtites hieraciifolius, Erechtites hieracifolia) Identification for future use. (August 29, 2011) Local Images American Burnweed
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Harger’s Goldenrod (Canada Goldenrod) Solidago canadensis var. hargeri Identification for future use. (September 2, 2011) Local Images Harger’s Goldenrod
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Rabbit Tobacco (Sweet Everlasting) Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (Synonym: Gnaphalium obtusifolium) Identification for future use. (September 2, 2011) Local Images Rabbit Tobacco
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Devil’s Beggarticks Bidens frondosa Identification for future use. (September 2, 2011) Local Images Devil’s Beggarticks
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Meadow Evening Primrose (Prairie Sundrops) Oenothera pilosella Identification for future use. (September 5, 2011) Local Images Meadow Evening Primrose
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Common Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Identification for future use. (September 6, 2011) Local Images Common Evening Primrose
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
American Black Elderberry Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis Elderberry Syrup. (September 10, 2011) Local Images American Black Elderberry
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Nodding Beggarticks Bidens cernua Identification for future use. (September 10, 2011) Local Images Nodding Beggarticks
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Big Devil’s Beggarticks Bidens vulgata Identification for future use. (September 10, 2011) Local Images Big Devil’s Beggarticks
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Canada Thistle Cirsium arvense Identification for future use. (September 10, 2011) Local Images Canada Thistle
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Arrowleaf Tearthumb Polygonum sagittatum Identification for future use. (September 10, 2011) Local Images Arrowleaf Tearthumb
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Asiatic Dayflower Commelina communis Identification for future use. (September 11, 2011) Local Images Asiatic Dayflower
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Kalm’s Hawkweed Hieracium kalmii var kalmii. Identification for future use. (September 11, 2011) Local Images Kalm’s Hawkweed
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Flax-Leaved Aster (Stiff Aster) Ionactis linariifolius (Synonym: Aster linariifolius) Identification for future use. (September 13, 2011) Local Images Flax-Leaved Aster
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Northern Evening Primrose (Small-Flowered Evening Primrose) Oenothera parviflora Identification for future use. (September 13, 2011) Local Images Northern Evening Primrose
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Purplestem Aster (Swamp Aster, Bristly Aster) Symphyotrichum puniceum (Synonyms: Aster puniceus, Aster puniceum) Identification for future use. (September 15, 2011) Local Images Purplestem Aster
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bitter Dock Rumex obtusifolius Identification for future use. (September 16, 2011) Local Images Bitter Dock
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
White Wood Aster (Common White Heart-Leaved Aster) Eurybia divaricata (Synonym: Aster divaricatus) Identification for future use. (September 16, 2011) Local Images White Wood Aster
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Schreber’s Aster Eurybia schreberi (Synonym: Aster schreberi) Identification for future use. (September 18, 2011) Local Images White Wood Aster
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Salsify, Yellow (Western Salsify, Western Goat’s Beard) Tragopogon dubius Identification for future use. (September 18, 2011) Local Images Yellow Salsify
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Common Blue Wood Aster (Blue Heart-Leaved Aster) Symphyotrichum cordifolium (Synonyms: Aster cordifolius) Identification for future use. (September 22, 2011) Local Images Common Blue Wood Aster
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Stiff Clubmoss (Bristly Clubmoss, Interrupted Clubmoss) >Lycopodium annotinum (Synonym: Spinulum annotinum) Identification for future use. (October 1, 2011) Local Images Stiff Clubmoss
Identification & Medicinal Uses
 
Bladder Campion (Maiden’s Tears) Silene vulgaris Indentification for future use. (October 6, 2011) Local Images Bladder Campion
Identification & Medicinal Uses