The Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Wildflower Center Native Plant Sale

    This list was created in 2010.  I started doing this for my students in 2005.  2X a year, the Wildflower Center has a sale where you can actually purchase native plants they have propagated.  I am posting this out of date list of their properties in case you want to choose the plants you buy […]

    This list was created in 2010.  I started doing this for my students in 2005.  2X a year, the Wildflower Center has a sale where you can actually purchase native plants they have propagated.  I am posting this out of date list of their properties in case you want to choose the plants you buy for their edibility or the medicinal qualities. Want to know more–wait for my book or come take classes! Here are some brief notes on the plants….

    List of Wildflower Center plants being sold with possible medicinal uses
    You may go to http://www.swsbm.com/homepage/GenusIndex.html to see pics and some monographs. 
    Acacia greggii var. wrightii Astringent, hemostatic, antimicrobial, antiinflammatory to the digestive tract, gum arabic alternative
    Acalypha radians Aboveground parts used in salves to treat wounds that won’t heal.
    Aesculus glabra var. arguta Some species used to treat varicosities—capillary fragility XXX
    Aesculus pavia, related to the Horse Chestnut used to treat capillary fragility, some toxicity so who knows if it can be substitutedXXX
    Agave americana This plant has an amazing history of use including the ability to harvest fresh water from it, fiber for sewing, as well as a built in thread.   Used medicinally to treat arthritis.  XXX contact dermatitis
    Aquilegia ethnobotanical uses found for seeds used for headache.  Astringent aboveground parts, used for diarrhea and antispasmodic—havent used???
    Artemisia Mugwort relative, bitter, antibacterial, can use for rashes in vinegar or internally to help dispel parasites and regulate digestion.  Some species regulating to menses
    Bignonia capreolata Antifungal
    Callicarpa americana used as insect repellent
    Campsis radicans Antifungal
    Capsicum annuum Chile pepper need I say more??XXX contact causes burning–duhhh
    Chilopsis linearis Antifungal alternative to Pau D’arco, flowers for fungal infections in lungs
    Clematis Drop dosage toxic medicinal used to treat migrainesXXX
    Corydalis curvisiliqua Drop dosage toxic medicinal used to treat pain and tremors, see Traditional Chinese Medicine XXX
    Datura wrightii Drop dosage toxic medicinal used to treat spasms and asthma attacksXX
    Echinacea I hope you remember this one!  Very popular, not for longterm use, drop dosage alterative and helps draw out poison topically
    Equisetum Cleans water and has high amounts of calcium and silica, used medicinally to build blood, stregthen bones/teeth/hair.  Also known for use in Urinary tract
    Erigeron Stops bleeding, see old remedy in U.S. history, Oil of Erigeron
    Eryngium Bladder Cancer
    Gaillardia stomach and skin disorders, 
    Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida  Vervain by another name! IBS, sedative, bitter calming
    Hedeoma drummondii mock pennyroyal used as diaphoretic and like pennyroyal to bring on delayed menses and tone uterus
    Ilex—vomitoria—-contains caffeine in bark.  Leaves also stimulating and a great drink
    Juglans Lvs Diarrhea and hulls for parasites.  Hulls are also a source of iodine, thyroid?
    Liatris  These plants are diuretic, with tonic, stimulant, and emmenagogue properties http://www.henriettesherbal.com/eclectic/kings/liatris.html
    Lobelia cardinalis complex pharmacy sedative–Very imptnt medicinal plant XXX drop dosage–
    Lonicera cooling antiinflammatory-lf and flower
    Mahonia Agarita alterative bitter antimicrobial
    Mimosa burns, leg ulcers in diabetics, skin inflammation and eczema, blossoms for the spirit
    Monarda Badd ass bee balm, antifungal, thymol very high kills germs specific to throat
    Nymphaea associated with reproductive organs http://www.henriettesherbal.com/eclectic/kings/nymphaea.html lots of info here
    Nuphar-reproductive excess
    Oenothera  Anticholesterolemic; Astringent; Hypotensive; Miscellany; Sedative. From plants for a future
    Opuntia like aloe, astringent demulcent, antibacterial, flowers flavonoids, fruit delicious, blood sugar regulating
    Passiflora sedative, antianxiety, helps promote sleep
    Penstamon emollient wound healing esp used for stds
    Prunella self heal…got it?–used for wounds
    Ptelea Wafer ash, general gi stimulant/liver stimulant has berberine like agarita
    Quercus Oak-major astringent
    Rhus Great astringent and helps chafe in powdered form
    Rubus dewberry use like raspberry leaf, berries YUMMY
    Rudbeckia use like echinacea
    Salvia Sage use to help dry secretions, respiratory infections, antimicrobial, natives have less it seems of the aromatics–maybe milder effects
    Scutellaria sedative calming sleep promoting
    Sphlaracea demulcent, used in hair rinses, emollient
    Stachys Calming and neural regenerative
    Tecoma  blood sugar regulating, asthma, antifungal
    Thelasperma Navaho tea-very pleasant tasting kidneys (mildly diuretic), to alleviate digestive problems (especially stomach cramps), and to purify the blood.
    Verbena see glandularia
    Viburnum antispasmodic muscular pain
    Viola long and proven history of folk use, especially in the treatment of cancer and whooping cough salicylic acid
    Yucca steroidal saponins which are used for inflammation, pain relieving for arthritic and joint pain. It is also good for blood purifying and cleaning of the kidneys and liver