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.

Gaywings (Fringed Polygala, Flowering Wintergreen) (Polygala paucifolia): Images

Date Location Notes Images
May 21, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Very distinctive pair of purple flowers. I saw it last year, but after it was done flowering, I could not recognize it. Notice that the leaves congregate near the top as if they are whorled, but in the pictures (2nd row) you can see that they actually alternate near the top of the stem. The leaves have no teeth (entire) and have a very slight red tinge near the outer edge.
Date Location Notes Images
April 26, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire