What Plants Can I Find and Collect?
Popular plants for wildcrafting include many different herbs and berries. What species are available to collect depends on what grows wild in your local area. If you are unfamiliar with the your local flora, first learn more by visiting a nearby Forest Service office or reading a plant guide specifically for your region.
Common herbs to collect from the wild include many that you can dry at home and use for herbal teas. You may be able to find common herbal tea ingredients in the wild such as chamomile, echinacea, rosehips, lavender, and mint. Less common herbs that may grow in your location that are great for tea include strawberry leaves, stinging nettles, red clover blossoms, alfalfa, valerian, yarrow, and dandelion. All of the herbs mentioned above are safe for internal use; however, be sure to read more information on cautions and recommended uses for any wild herbs you are unfamiliar with.
Wild berries are another popular find for wildcrafters. Wild berries can be dried for winter snacking or turned into delicious syrups, jams, and jellies. Depending on your location you may be able to collect delicious wild berries such as huckleberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, salmonberries, and others. A plant guide for your region will be able to tell you when berries should be ripe and ready for harvest. As with any wild plant, be sure to verify that the berries you harvest are safe for ingestion.