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.

Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) (Previously: Polygonum cuspidatum)

Identification Food & Medicinal Uses Web Page Links Online Videos References


KingdomPlantae – Plants
SubkingdomTracheobionta – Vascular plants
SuperdivisionSpermatophyta – Seed plants
DivisionMagnoliophyta – Flowering plants
ClassMagnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
FamilyPolygonaceae – Buckwheat family
GenusPolygonum L. – knotweed
SpeciesPolygonum cuspidatum Siebold & Zucc. – Japanese knotweed

Food & Medicinal Uses

Web Page Links

Online Videos


Native American Ethnobotany

by Daniel E. Moerman
Timber Press, c1998
ISBN: 0881924539
Medicinal and Other Uses of North American Plants: A Historical Survey with Special Reference to Eastern Indian Tribes

by Charlotte Erichsen-Brown
Dover Publications, c1989
ISBN: 048625951X
3 Peterson Field Guide for Edible Wild Plants of Eastern/Central North America
by Lee Allen Peterson
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (c1999)
ISBN: 039592622X

Web site created in June 2009. Some pages still under construction. The
2009 gardening exerpeinces and the 2009 foraging experiences are up-to-date. The rest of the links will be added gradually. Sorry for the inconvenience.