Mouse-ear {Hieracium pilosella syn. Pilosella officinarum}

Also, Known As: Felon Herb Hawkweed Mouse-ear Pilosella Mouse-ear (botanical name Hieracium pilosella) is a perennially plant that grows up to a height of anything between three and 15 inches. Mouse-ear is a creeping herb that usually grows like a carpet on crawling runners, every one of which takes the form of a basal rosette … Continue reading Mouse-ear {Hieracium pilosella syn. Pilosella officinarum}

The Story of Anemone

COMMON NAME: anemone GENUS: Anemone SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: A. hybrida 'Queen Charlotte'- deep pink; 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall. A.h. 'Honorine Jobert'- white. A.h. 'September Charm'- pink. A. coronaria 'Flore Pleno'- double scarlet flowers. Family: Ranunculaceae BLOOMS: Fall TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: Flowers come in single or double forms and in shades of pink, red, and white, … Continue reading The Story of Anemone

Medicinal Herb: Partridgeberry

My botany professors first introduced me to partridgeberry, and with excitement, I recognized the scientific name as a medicinal from one of my herbal books. This was back in the late 70's when the modern herbal literature was scanty, computers were not in my reality, and I still had yet to meet a herbalist in … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Partridgeberry

Medicinal Herb: Bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva ursi or Arbutus uva ursi Also, Known As: Arberry Bearberry Bear's-grape Crowberry Foxberry Hog Cranberry Kinnikinnick Mealberry Mountain Box Mountain Cranberry Red Bearberry Sagackhomi Sandberry Upland Cranberry Uva Ursi The uva ursi herb, which is more commonly known as the bearberry is a small and evergreen shrub belonging to the plant order: Ericaceae. … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Bearberry

Medicinal Herb: Pipsissewa

Chimaphila umbellata Also, Known As: Butter Winter Ground Holly King's Cure Love in Winter Pipsissewa Princes pine Pyrola Umbellata Rheumatism Weed Pipsissewa is a petite evergreen herb that grows perennially and up to a height of 3 inches to 10 inches. Plants of this species produce glossy, vividly green, jagged leaves that emerge in order … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Pipsissewa

Medicinal Herb: Marshmallow

Althaea Officinalis Also, Known As: Althaea Marshmallow Mortification Root Sweetweed Found growing in abundance in moist and wet places all over the world, marshmallow is a perennial aromatic herb that is sometimes found to grow up to four feet in height. While the herb can be found growing in plenty in the wild, it is … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Marshmallow

Our Winter Herbal Kitchen {part 1}

In this upcoming winter season when we don’t have the fresh herbs handy, like our foremothers, we rely on herbs that we have preserved for the winter. I drink nettle infusion almost every day, covering a cup of the dried herb with a quart of boiling water in the evenings, to steep overnight and heat … Continue reading Our Winter Herbal Kitchen {part 1}

Medicinal Herb: Motherwort {Leonurus cardiaca}

Also, Known As: Lion's Ear Lion's Tail Lion's Tart Motherwort Although motherwort is indigenous to Europe, over the years, the plant has acclimatized itself to the different conditions all over North America. Presently, motherwort is found in the terrain ranging from Nova Scotia to Montreal and southern parts of North America to Texas and North … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Motherwort {Leonurus cardiaca}

Medicinal Herb: Lungwort

Pulmonaria Officinalis Lungwort is a perennial herb that normally grows up to a height of one feet or 30 cm. The plant bears wide oval-shaped leaves at the base, while the upper leaves are relatively smaller marked with the irregular color pattern, especially white spots. The lungwort plants also bear bunches of pink-purple colored flowers. … Continue reading Medicinal Herb: Lungwort

Loving Mountain’s

This morning's dog walk was fogged in with heavy clouds.  The colors saturated; the bunch grass golden and smelled like toast.  I had received a real-live handwritten letter from a dear friend and my mind was pouring over all that she shared.  Somehow, I feel like the sensory experience of eyes reading handwriting and deciphering … Continue reading Loving Mountain’s