Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium | Family: Labiatae Common name(s): Pennyroyal, European pennyroyal GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zone 7-9 | 10-12 inches tall | Lavender flowers in whorls mid to late summer Full sun to partial shade|
Botanical Name: Glycyrrhiza glabra | Family: Leguminosae Common name(s): Licorice GROWING Tender perennial | Zones 7-10 | 4-5 feet tall | Lavender and white flowers in mid to late summer Well-drained soil | Full sun to partial
Botanical Name: Linum usitatissimum & perenne | Family: Linaceae Common name(s): Flax, Linseed, Prairie Flax (perennial version) GROWING Common flax is an annual variety that is grown as a farm crop for both
Botanical Name: Althaea officinalis | Family: Malvaceae Common name(s): Marsh Mallow GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zones 5-8 | 3-4 feet tall | Pale pink flowers mid to late summer Prefers open meadows near
Botanical Name: Chondrus crispus | Family: Gigartinaceae Common name(s): Irish Moss, Carrageenan GROWING Perennial; seaweed | Grows along the European and North American Atlantic coast | dark purple to yellowish-brown in color
Botanical Name: Plantago species | Family: Plantaginaceae Common name(s): Plantain (there are over 200 varieties) GROWING The psyllium seed produced commercially is from a cultivated variety of plantain native
Botanical Name: Tussilago farfara | Family: Compositae Common name(s): Horsehoof, Coughwort GROWING Perennial herb | Zones 3-7 | up to 20 inches | Long-stalked, hoof-shaped leaves appear after a large, daisy-like yellow
Botanical Name: Capsicum Annuum | Family: Solanaceae Common name(s): Cayenne GROWING Annual; herbaceous | 24 inches | White, star-shaped flowers early to midsummer followed by green fruit that turns red at maturity. Full
Botanical Name: Angelica Archangelica | Family: Umbelliferae (same family as parsley and carrots) Common name(s): Angelica Related: Don Quai GROWING Biennial or monocarpic perennial | Zones 5-9 | 4 – 6 feet | Clusters
Dandelion Forest is physically a little corner of the world in central Massachusetts, nestled in the woods, where dandelions and other miracles of nature abound. But it’s more than the physical. It’s the idea of living connected to the natural world and all it provides us.
There is magic to be found in this world and I am finding it. Right here. Right outside my own door. After having lived here for 17 years.
We can all wake up to what we've been missing at any moment!
There's a stream to explore, with moss-covered rocks and a variety of ferns. There are witch hazel and black birch trees providing medicine, hickory trees and grape vines full of food for the animals - and us, if we want it. We are introducing additional food into our forest, like fruit trees and berry and nut bushes and vines. There are hardy varieties of almonds and kiwis, and interesting fruit like paw paw. And our grove of white pine provides vitamin C in an area of the country where citrus doesn't grow.
As my children, one by one, left the nest and began following their own dreams, I woke up to mine. In 2013 I took a permaculture class and got my PDC (permaculture design certificate). In 2018 I got my Herbalism certificate. My husband has coined the word "herbaculture" for me. I like it!
This site is a place to share my journey and the things I am learning, along with my herbal creations made in my Massachusetts residential kitchen.