Transformational Gardening

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.

Common Dogbane (Indian Hemp) (Apocynum cannabinum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 24, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Mature Dogbane has a top cluster of 5-petal small white flowers. The flowers are bell-shaped with a green and yellow center. The stem is red and has a round cross section. The leaves are big, ovate and opposite.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) has a stem that is squarish in cross section, leaf size decreases going up the stalk and overlaps significantly (if folded upward), leaf bottom and stem is hairy, shoot is shorter and thicker. Common Dogbane has a stem that is round in cross section, leaf size increases going up the stalk and overlaps only slightly if any, leaf bottom and stem is smooth and hairless, shoot is taller and thinner. Young Milkweed stems tend to be green, while young Dogbane stems have a faint redish bloom or spots.
Date Location Notes Images
May 10, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire