Content tagged with "wild edible"

American Ginseng

Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries
Panax quinquefolius
Wild and cultivated ginseng produce an annual crop in the United States and Canada valued in excess of $25 million, but overzealous collection is causing serious concern about the survival of American ginseng in the forest ecosystem. More

American Ginseng Berries

Photo of red American ginseng berry cluster
Unlimited harvests have made ginseng decline or disappear in many places. The ginseng trade is regulated internationally and under the Missouri Wildlife Code, with an official collecting season (usually Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, when fruits are on the plants). Diggers can help by squeezing the seeds from fruits into the hole left after the root is excavated. More

American Ginseng in Bloom

Photo of American ginseng in bloom
Small, insignificant greenish white flowers emerge in May-July on a stalk emerging from the base of the whorl of leaves. More

American Ginseng in Forest

Photo of American ginseng plant on forest floor
American ginseng grows in hardwood forests on shady, well-drained, north- and east-facing slopes in predominantly porous, humus-rich soils, and often in ravines. More

American Ginseng Leaves

Photo of ginseng plant with hand for scale
Leaves occur in a whorl at the top of the stem, and each leaf is palmately compound, with 3 to 5 leaflets. More

American Ginseng Plant with Ripe Berries

Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries
Long valued as a medicinal plant, ginseng is an annual crop in the United States and Canada valued in excess of $25 million, but overzealous collection is causing serious concern about the survival of American ginseng in the forest ecosystem. More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers
The flowers of Bradbury beebalm are often white or pale lavender with purple spots. Note the unbranching stems and the sessile (stalkless) leaves. Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, this showy, fragrant plant is a favorite of native plant gardeners. More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pinkish flowers
Bradbury beebalm is a clump-forming perennial with square, unbranched stems. All parts of the plant have a pleasant aroma. Flowers normally in 1 terminal cluster, subtended by many small leaves that frequently are rose-purple. The flowers themselves vary from white to lavender to pinkish. More

Beebalm (Bradbury Beebalm)

Photo of Bradbury beebalm plant with pale flowers
Monarda bradburiana (sometimes called M. russeliana)
Also called horsemint and wild bergamot, beebalm is a showy, fragrant plant that is a favorite of native plant gardeners. It’s also a favorite of Missouri’s butterflies! More

Beware! Dangerous! Poisonous! Caution!

Poison warnings for specific plants/wild edibles. More