Identifying wildly growing plants

lmikolyski Posts: 7 ✭✭✭
edited August 2018 in Our Garden: Growing Food
Lucky you!  I've never seen Yarrow in my area.  But Mullein and chamomile abound in good supply.  Mullein is wonderful as it is one of the herbs that helps asthma which abounds in my family.  I always keep 2 jars of dried chamomile on hand to use in teas.    If you want to see what all Yarrow can help with you can do a search on this site and read all the papers available:

Hope this helps you in your quest to find all the wonders growing around you!



  • H_D
    H_D Posts: 384 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2018
    First I would find a book or information on what naturally grows in your location, then get a plant identification book and learn what to look for when identifying plants.  There are also plenty of Facebook groups where people will help you in identifying plants and fungi based on photos you post.


  • sherryo
    sherryo Posts: 58
    edited August 2018
    I like Heather's advice.  What grows in my area may not be in your area, so it is helpful to know what to look for at your specific site and soil.

    Nettles grow in sandy soil fields about ten miles away from my place but do not grow in our clay here.  A good local reference book is very helpful.

  • lorifloyd5
    lorifloyd5 Posts: 11
    edited September 2018
    I have found that its really helpful to find someone that you can send a picture to and ask, "What is this and how can I use it?" Ask around. Somebody will know somebody in your area that knows about wild plants, but be sure and do your own homework too. Happy hunting!
  • AmyWhitney
    AmyWhitney Posts: 5
    edited November 2018
    A great place to take your weeds for ID is your county Extension Office. I used to work in horticulture at my local Extension Office, and for when we couldn't figure out a weed ID on our own, we were able to send the plant or pictures to University (UGA) experts for a final ID. Taking the plants -- or pictures of the plants -- while they are flowering is best, but sometimes the plant without flowers is distinctive enough for a person who is familiar with plants in your area. Hope your pasture is full of wonderful, beautiful, useful plants!
  • ines871
    ines871 Posts: 1,283 ✭✭✭✭✭

    On trying to quote the poster "lmikolyski", the system repeats "request failed with status code 403". clueless what that means ?

    Anyway, said person wrote "I've never seen Yarrow in my area. But Mullein and chamomile abound in good supply." Where do you live? - what region of the USA, or broader world? -

    Asking as in our PNW place, all kinds of Medicinal plants grow with wild-abandon - when I find my photos on this subject I will share.

    Happy Gardening

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,361 admin

    I am just checking to see if me quoting you works. If it does, it could just be connection & timing?

  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,584 admin

    Good news! A certification on foraging will be coming out in a few months created by Scott Sexton.

  • Desire’
    Desire’ Posts: 31 ✭✭

    iNaturalist is a good app to learn all kinds of plants and wildlife. If you don't know what a plant is, you can post a picture of it and other users will help identify it, and then it gets verified by a professional.

  • ines871
    ines871 Posts: 1,283 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2019

    Yesterday I found 1 photo of the white Yarrow in sw-corner. Also we have red & pinkish & yellow Yarrow sprinkled around.

    Plus a girl reading the book "Teaming with Nutrients" re empowering abundant soil health 🙂

  • Cherlynn
    Cherlynn Posts: 169 ✭✭✭

    Ok I know what I have and I know its useful for something but can't remember for the life of me what for! Chickweed. Last year when the discussion happened I just found one little sprig of chick weed but in process of removing all my compost bins I suddenly have tons of it. So before My dear husband mows it all down I really want to know what its good for and how to use it. Thanks!