Botanical Name: Fragaria vesca and related species | Family: Rosaceae Common name(s): Wild strawberry, Woodland strawberry, Alpine strawberry GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zone 3-10 | 6-12 inches tall | White leaves followed by red fruit
Botanical Name: Caulophyllus thalictroides | Family: Berberidaceae Common name(s): Blue Cohosh, Squawroot, Papoose Root GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zone 3-8 | 1-3 feet tall | Leaves dark purple when they emerge then they turn
Botanical Name: Petroselinum crispum | Family: Umbelliferae Common name(s): Parsley GROWING Biennial; herbaceous | Zones 5-8 | 12-20 inches tall | White, umbel flowers in early to midsummer in the second year
Botanical Name: Juniperus communis | Family: Cupressaceae Common name(s): Juniper GROWING Evergreen tree or shrub | Zones 2-9 | Gardens, yards, fields Full sun HARVESTING Harvest the ripe berries (they ripen the second
Botanical Name: Stillaria media | Family: Caryophyllaceae Common name(s): Chickweed, Starweed, Starwort, Stitchwort (and more!) GROWING Annual; considered a weed | Zones 3-8 | Grows along ground, 6-15 inches | Very
Botanical Name: Galium aparine | Family: Rubiaceae Common name(s): Cleavers, Clivers, Clives, Goose Grass, Bedstraw GROWING Annual; wild, considered a weed | Zones 4-7 | Creeping/climbing plant that can
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.