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.

Cardinalflower (Lobelia cardinalis): Images

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September 19, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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August 4, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire In September, 2010 I found and took pictures of Cardinalflower. But it was not a real “find” of the plant since it was located at the Audobon Society and I believe it had been planted by the staff. Today, however, I found it in the wild by going slightly off-trail over some rocks next to a creek.

Cardinalflower is in the genus, Lobelia. Lobelia has been used for many years by naturopaths to treat asthma, smoking addiction and externally to treat muscle spasm. An overdose can cause nausea and vomiting, so it is best to rely on the help of a professional herbalist or become knowledgable about proper dosing when using Lobelia.
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August 8, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire