Pacific Rhododendron, Rhododendron Macrophyllum. The floral emblem for Washington state. This evergreen shrub is not safe to feed your belly but can deeply satisfy your soul! It is so incredibly beautiful and a treat to see and smell. It generally blooms best in the forest edges but it’s known to bloom in dark forests as well.
Salam, Gaultheria Shallon. A do-it-all plant! It will grow in places jay usually nothing else grows. It is a survivor plant. The berries are a powerful preservative and loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. It’s an incredibly common plant in the PNW but often overlooked. The Salish people used to make fruit leather from the berries […]
Red Huckleberry, vaccinium parvifouum. This deciduous shrub is very edible and tasty! Virtually all Native peoples within the range of this plant used the berries and leaves in some way. They were usually eaten with some type of oil or animal/fish grease and often mixed with other berries. The leaves can be used to lower or […]
Common camas, camassis quamash. This perennial groundcover has bluish purple flower clusters. It is fire-resistant and blooms in the spring. It has an incredible ceremonial purpose for the First Nations people! At marriage trades, the woman’s family would give roots in a corn husk bag. At funeral trades, the widow would give camas roots to friends […]
the Crataegus douglasii aka Black Hawthorn. It is known as the heart healing tree. All parts of it are edible but watch out for possible thorns. You can eat the berries raw or cook them. If made into a tea it can help everything in relation to the heart: Blood circulation, blood pressure, cholesterol, and […]
The Douglas Fir, an Evergreen tree with no known hazards and many wonderful uses. Native Americans made tinctures and teas of this tree to create treatments for colds and an ointment for cuts, burns, and other wounds. The tea is said to give a stimulating and grounding effect. It can also help with immune support and […]