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.

Longbranch Frostweed (Helianthemum canadense) (Also known as: Crocanthemum canadense): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 8, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Longbranch Frostweed is an erect plant with a 5-petal yellow flower. The flower petals overlap sometimes making the flower look like a little yellow satellite dish. The very center part of the flower is white surrounded by orange-tipped stamen. Stems have 1 to 2 flowers that bloom in May-June. Leaves are alternate, narrowly-oblong and taper at both the base and the tip. Stems are scattered and branching and the branches become longer than the main stem. This differentiates it from the very similar species, Hoary Frostweed (Helianthemum bicknellii) where the branches do not become longer than the main stem. In addition, Hoary Frostweed tends to have more flowers (2-10) and blooms later in the year (June-July).
Date Location Notes Images
May 29, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire In the Longbranch Frostweed species, a branch grows from below to flower to above the top of the flower. This branch is just starting to reach above the flower.