One of my stronger points in connection with the land around me is a deep natural skill to locate and identify wild herbs. I'm not sure how exactly to go about posting this, as there are different herbs in all parts of the world but was trying to see some of the different information that might be used by various people here on how they locate herbs and perhaps other things of interest (like owl nests). I know there is a near-infinite amount of plants that can be foraged and used but obviously I'm mostly limited to what I find locally in my own forest (located in central Virginia) and their typical growing areas. There's no real way I can remember everything in one sitting so I guess I'll keep this updated from time to time as I remember things.
Baneberry--forest edges near maple trees
Boneset--shrubby fields, overgrown roadsides, literally everywhere here
Cinnamon fern--literally everywhere in the forest
Clover (red)--shrubby fields, overgrown roadsides, literally everywhere here
Clover (white)--shrubby fields, overgrown roadsides, literally everywhere here
Dog Hobble--in briar thickets near water
Horsenettle--disturbed soils, grazing pastures, sandy areas. This nightshade is a very familiar garden weed
Indian Pipe--I find these very very rarely in damp old growth forest areas near water. Mayapples and pines may be growing in the area
Indian tobacco--shaded areas in meadows
Ironweed--shaded hedges and roadsides
Jimsonweed--disturbed soils, grazing pastures, sandy areas. This nightshade is a very familiar garden weed.
Lily of the Valley--very rare but found them in shaded woodlines as a kid.
Mayapple--damp open forest areas near water, a sign of healthy soil
Mistflower--shaded hedges and roadsides
Mistletoe--hardwood trees and small woody shrubs, look up!
Morning Glory--disturbed soils, grazing pastures, sandy areas. A familiar garden weed
Nakedflower--damp open field spring areas
Pennywort--damp open forest areas near water, a sign of healthy soil
Pipsissewa--found on forest floors growing in clusters covering about 1 meter area. Evergreen, during summer one of the only flowers in the forest
Sassafrass--well it's a tree, if you know what the leaves look like you know what to do
St. Andrew's Cross (St. John's Wort)--woodlines often near poplar or gum trees
Wild phlox--near creeks/streams in fields, usually when the creek has a deep ravine, near bridges
Wild sweet pea--overgrown hedges and fence lines
Woundwort (Allheal)--moist or damp woodlines. usually if there is moss under pines there will be allheal plants growing as well
Like I said, I'll add to this from time to time, feel free to make your own list too! Finding phlox here may be different from finding phlox in Eastern Europe or California so it can vary! Perhaps I can even add photos of some of these in their natural habitat if I remember to snap pictures when I'm out in the bushes.
Edited by Capsicum, 03 September 2014 - 07:25 PM.