Plant Research

    Food Initiative and Permaculture interns collate research on plants we work with in edible landscaping and wildcrafting. 

    We continuously expand this information to help individuals understand the use of plants for nourishment, craft, and medicine.

    Adoxaceae
    Amaranthaceae
    • Chenopodium bonus-henricus - Good King Henry
    Amaryllidaceae
    • Allium sativum - Garlic
    • Allium schoenoprasum - Chives
    • Allium vineale - Wild Onion
    • Narcissus spp. - Daffodil
    Anacardiaceae
    • Rhus copallinum - Shining Sumac
    Annonaceae
    Apocynaceae
    Aquifoliaceae
    • Ilex opaca - American Holly
    Asclepiadaceae
    • Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed
    Asparagaceae
    • Asparagus officinalis - Asparagus
    • Yucca baccata - Banana Yucca
    • Yucca filamentosa - Adam’s Needle
    Asteraceae
    Basellaceae
    • Basella alba, Malabar Spinach
    Betulaceae
    Boraginaceae
    Brassicaceae
    • Alliaria petiolata - Garlic Mustard
    • Cardamine hirsuta - Hairy Bittercress
    Cactaceae
    • Opuntia humifusa - Eastern Prickly Pear
    Caprifoliaceae
    • Viburnum trilobum, American cranberrybush
    Caryophyllaceae
    • Stellaria media - Common chickweed
    Cupressaceae
    • Juniperus virginiana - Red Cedar
    Crassulaceae
    • Sedum acre - Gold Moss Sedum
    • Sedum reflexum - Blue Spruce
    • Sedum rupestre - Angelina
    • Sedum sexangulare - Watch Chain
    • Sempervivum - Ruby Heart
    • Sempervivum tectorum - Hens and Chicks - Sunset
    • Sempervivum tectorum - Oddity
    Ebenaceae
    Elaeagnaceae
    • Elaeagnus multiflora - Goumi
    • Elaeagnus umbellata - Autumn Olive
    • Hippophae rhamnoides - Seaberry
    Ericaceae
    • Arctostaphylos uva-ursi - Bearberry
    • Gaylussacia baccata - Black Huckleberry
    • Vaccinium spp. - Blueberry
    Fabaceae
    • Apios americana - Groundnut
    • Gymnocladus dioicus - Kentucky coffeetree
    • Lupinus perennis - Perennial Lupine
    • Robinia pseudoacacia - Black Locust
    Fagaceae
    • Castanea dentata - American Chestnut
    • Castanea pumila - Chinquapin
    • Fagus grandifolia - American Beech
    • Quercus spp. - Oak
    Grossulariaceae
    • Ribes missouriense - Gooseberry
    • Ribes nigrum - Black Currant
    Hamamelidaceae
    • Hamamelis virginiana - Witch Hazel
    Hypericaceae
    • Hypericum perforatum - St. John’s Wort
    Juglandaceae
    Lamiaceae
    Lauraceae
    Malvaceae
    Myricaceae
    • Myrica pensylvanica - Northern Bayberry
    Myrtaceae
    • Eucalyptus perriniana - Eucalyptus
    Onagraceae
    Passifloraceae
    Plantaginaceae
    • Plantago lanceolata - Narrow Leaf Plantain
    Polygonaceae
    • Rumex sanguineus - Redvein dock
    Punicaceae
    Ranunculaceae
    • Hydrastis canadensis - Goldenseal
    Roseaceae
    • Amelanchier spp. - Juneberry
    • Aronia melanocarpa - Chokeberry
    • Fragaria x ananassa - Strawberry
    • Malus sylvestris - Apple
    • Pyrus pyrifolia - Asian Pear
    • Prunus dulcis - Hall’s Hardy’ Almond
    • Prunus maritima - Beach Plum
    • Prunus persica - Loring Peach
    • Prunus persica var. nucipersica - Hardired Giant Nectarine
    • Prunus serotina - Black Cherry
    • Prunus virginiana - Common Chokecherry
    • Pyrus communis - European Pear
    • Pyrus pyrifolia - Asian Pear
    • Rubus allegheniensis - Blackberry
    Rubiaceae
    • Galium aparine - Cleavers
    Sapindaceae
    Solanaceae
    Typhaceae
    • Typha angustifolia - Narrowleaf Cattail
    Ulmaceae
    • Ulmus rubra - Slippery Elm
    Urticaceae
    • Urtica dioica - Stinging Nettle
    Verbenaceae
    Violaceae
    • Viola spp. - Violet
    Zingiberaceae
    • Zingiber officinale - Ginger