Since 2012, we have been managing our small property with permaculture ideals, looking to steward the plant community that is here, while adding to the diversity with careful selections. Below is a list of medicinal, native, and edible plants that we have growing here. The inventory is just beginning, so I expect this list to grow significantly in the coming year.
We sometimes have plants available for sale, and can pot them up on request.
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Spring 2016, we are trying some u-pick days for harvest of nettle with our local herb community. They are listed on our Facebook events page.
3”- 4” – $3
#1 (1 gal) – $5
#2 (1.5 gal) – $8
Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Siberian Miner’s Lettuce (Claytonia siberica)
We have a large area of miner’s lettuce growing in the woodlot. It is beautiful in April when the flowers carpet the forest floor.
I love this passage from the miner’s lettuce plant profile on the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum site.
“I knew that this plant was edible as a leafy green, that it was nutritious, and could recognize its first growth as it re-sprouted in the mild, wet falls around here, before beginning to study it. I don’t remember anyone teaching me about this plant, though someone must have told me about it. I have told my children about its edibility as we walk through the forests. I like to think that some plants are with us like a memory that only needs a gentle nudging to come back to life. Somewhere in our ancestry we have all walked closely with certain plants, and that memory is preserved somehow – in our cells, as an energetic imprint- who knows. There is great pleasure in awakening to a knowing that is deeper than one life time. Thank you plants. Thank you Claytonia sibirica.”