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.

Maleberry (Lyonia ligustrina) (Also known as: Lyonia ligustrina var. ligustrina): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 22, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire I wonder why this is named, “Maleberry.” Finding out sounds like a good Winter project. It is important to remember to take pictures of the brown five-parted seed capsules as it is a tell-tale sign of Maleberry (See the picture in the second row on the left.) A few things about this plant to notice:
  • Grows near marshes.
  • Flowers grow in raceme-like inflorescence from the leaf axils.
  • Brown, five-parted seed capsules.
  • Alternate leaves.
  • Orange-gold tinge to the bark on the woody stem.
Date Location Notes Images
July 6, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire I was uncertain that this was Maleberry while on the trail. Hoping that it was an edible. But Maleberry grows near swamps (and this was right next to a big swamp) and the flowers, leaves and especially the orange-gold tingle to the bark looked similar to what I found on June 22, 2012.