- 1st Year Apprenticeship
- 2nd Year Apprenticeship
- Clinical Internships
Plant Lists from the Pacific Northwest
These lists, surveys, and class notes were generated by the Columbines School of Botanical Studies Apprenticeship Program. Herbalists, botanists, and wildcrafters alike may find these lists to be useful reference material.
First Year Field Trips
- Trip #1: , April 12, 13, 16, 2013
- Trip #2: , April 19, 20, 23, 2013
- Trip #3: , April 26,27, 30, 2013
- Trip #3: , May 3,4,7, 2013
Second Year Field Trips
- Trips #1 & #2: April 6 - 7, 2013
- Trip #3: , April 21, 2013
- Trip #4: , April 28, 2013
About Plant Lists and Botanical Surveys
Most of this data was gathered between the months of April through June in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and the surrounding areas. These lists generally include only plants that were flowering at the time of the class. We have intentionally removed site specific locations, but have included the general ecosystem and elevations. You may be able to apply this information to similar ecosystems in your area.
Each list may include the following:
Topics Covered: This is a general list of key concepts and principals addressed during the fieldtrip. On occassion, our topics may fall into one of the following specific categories: Herbalism Principals, Wildcrafting Principals, Botanical Principals, and Ecosystems/Habitats.
Notes: The plant lists may include highlights and additional details from each class fieldtrip. They generally are only one line reminders for those in the apprenticeship, but they may be of value to some.
Family: These lists are arranged by plant family.
Latin Names: The latin name is the best way to identify a plant.
Common Names: Common names are a poor way to identify a plant, as there are three “Spring Beauties” in my area, all unrelated except that they bloom in the early spring. I have a tendency to make these names up, but in these lists I use the most “common” common name for my area, or at least my favorite one.
Uses: These are hard to sum up in one or two words. Edible is difficult to define. If it tastes bad no matter how you cook it, is it edible? If it’s poison raw, but edible cooked? What if it’s poison unless soaked in lye and then boiled to remove the lye (olives)? What if it tasted bad, gives you the runs and makes you throw up, but will not kill you? Poison is also hard to define. Remember, the difference between poison and medicine is dosage. Some of the plants listed as poison may be used by clinical herbalists as medicine. Some foods are poisonous if ingested in large quantities. These one or two word descriptions are only a reference, please check further resources for more complete information.
Animal Interactions: I’m a botanist, and the animal names may be in error.
- L- Leaf
- B- Bud
- F- Flower
- UFr -Unripe Fruit
- Fr- Fruit (Fleshy)
- S- Seed
- en- Senescent (Identifiable dead stems or leaves)