And the dog.
Perhaps those fancy remedies you can pay an arm and a leg for at the nutrition store could be more easily and naturally prepared.
The kids brought along a paper sack to collect some plant clippings so we could see how many we could identify back at home!
And sometimes, things that surprised you.
Here are the plant cuttings we gathered from the first day. I am still very, very new to wild plant identification, but I believe I’ve been able to identify thimbleberry, salal, red huckleberry, oregon grape, red cedar, alder, saxifrage, skunk cabbage, stinging nettle, salmonberry, Indian plum, and trillium. (Some of these I will have to observe through several seasons and/or consult with experts to be sure. And it goes without saying, but you always want to make sure to positively identify any wild plant before consuming.)
One of the ways I was able to identify these plants was this book: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast. I picked it up on a whim at my library and find myself picking it up again, again, and again. (I think we’re just going to buy a copy at this point. It currently sells for $18.72 on Amazon and has an average 5-star rating after 80+ customer reviews.)
Not only does this book help you identify many of our plants and trees, it tells you how the native people used many of them for food, shelter, and medicine.
Yeah, that one. Go check it out.
PS – Edited to add – reader Holly shared this great article regarding trillium on The Coupon Project FB page. Please don’t pick these flowers – they are fragile and once picked, won’t regrow. In case you are wondering, we did *not* pick trillium during our nature walks, only admired and photographed. Thanks, friends.