#yyj Winter Native Edible & Medicinal Plants

Two common native winter medicinal and edible plants that are about to burst into bloom!    Keep in mind when foraging them in the wild only take 1/3 of  flowers, leaves and roots.  Leave the rest for plant to continue growing in good health.  If harvesting backyard Oregon Grape remember only do so if not sprayed with chemicals!

Native Pacific Northwest Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra formosa)

Bleeding Heart

Flowers (not edible/medicinal only):  late March, hardy in shade 

Leaves (not edible/medicinal only) end of February

Leaves & Root:  Medicinal; Tincture, Flower Essence

Taste:  not edible

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Photo credit: Ronald (Ron) Douglas Frazieron Visualhunt / CC BY

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Flowers:  March

Flowers, Leaves & Roots:  Culinary, Medicinal,  Cosmetic, Flower Essence, Tincture, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil

Taste:  Bitter, Sour

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Pacific Northwest Red Current

by Renee Lindstrom

Pacific North-West Native Red Current



Flowers:  February

Flowers: Culinary, Flower Essence

Taste:  Sour



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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000