Identifying Plants in The Wild

Identifying Plants in The Wild

When encountering a new place distinguishing each plant from one another can be overwhelming. The wall of green is real. Looking at the trees and not knowing a single ones name can make you feel like an alien in your backyard. People all over the world have eaten wild plants to sustain themselves since humans started to walk this planet. Learning to correctly identify plants is a survival skill.


Referring back to the hazards blog post could be useful. (Make link). Learning the hazardous plants in your area is always recommended. Make sure you are one hundred percent sure what the plant is before eating it. It is best to do some research on the plant to see if the plant has any poisonous look-alikes. Referring to two different credible sources of information is recommended before ingesting anything. Doing a journal of the plant will help you remember the characteristics of the plant at hand. If you eat enough of anything it will likely make you sick. Some parts of a plant can be edible while others can be toxic. Do your research! HERE IS A LINK TO THE JOURNAL TEMPLATE!


What are some edible plants in Montana?

Fruits:Bearberry (kinnikinnick), Plains Prickly Pear Cactus, Yellow Pincushion Cactus, Chokecherry, Pale Comandra, Golden Northern Black and Wax Currents, Blue Elderberry, Utah Honeysuckle, Siberian Pea-Shrub, Wild Red Raspberry, Wild Strawberry, Thimbleberry, and Clasping-leaved Twisted Stalk.

Mountain huckleberry                      Red Raspberry

Seeds: Alfalfa, Cous’ Biscuitroot, Fern-leaved Biscuitroot, Chokecherry, Red and White Clover, Hairy Evening Primrose, Western Blue Flax, Wild Hyacinth, Glacier Lily, Common Mallow, Gunnison’s Mariposa-lily, Black Medic, Charlock Mustard, Thyme-Leaved Sandwort, Shepherd’s Purse, Common Sunflower, Common and Western Tansy-mustard, Tall Tumble-mustard, Gairdner’s Yampah, and Yellowbell.

Common Sunflower

Western-Tansy Mustard

Leaves: Round-leaved Alumroot, White Angelica, Northern Bedstraw, Bluebell and Rampion Bellflower, Wild Bergamot, Brewer’s Bittercress, Mountain Blue-eyed-grass, Mountain Bluebells, Moss Campion, Catnip, Common Chickweed, Wild Chives (Death Camas Look alike), Comfrey, Oxeye Daisy, Henbit Dead-nettle, Hairy Evening Primrose, Fireweed, Sticky Purple and Stork’s Bill Geranium, Horehound, Glacier Lily, Wild Licorice, Mountain Marsh Marigold, Gunnison’s Mariposa Lily, Black Medic, Spear and Wild Mint, Yellow and Purple Monkey Flower, Charlock and Musk Mustard, Stinging Nettle, Short-styled Onion, Pearly Everlasting, Field Pennycress, Clasping Peppergrass, Prince’s Pine, Holboell’s Rockcress, Meadow Salsify, Thyme-leaved Sandwort, Self Heal, Shepherd’s Purse, Alpine American and Water Speedwell, Western Spring Beauty, Common and Long Stalked Starwort, White and Yellow Sweet Clover, Common and Western Tansy Mustard, Tarragon, Tall Tumble Mustard, Canada Early Blue and Valley Violette, Ballhead Waterleaf, and Gairdner’s Yampah.

Self Heal

Oxeye Daisy

Roots: Purple Avens, Rampion Bellflower, Cattail, Cous’ and Fern-leaf Biscuitroot, Bitterroot, Pygmy Bitterroot, Wild Chives, Red and White Clover, Comfrey, Cow Parsnip, Oxeye Daisy, Hairy Evening Primrose, Fairy Slipper, Stork’s Bill Geranium, Narrow-leaved Gromwell, Wild Hyacinth, Wild Licorice, Glacier and Star Lily, Mountain Marsh Marigold, Gunnison’s Mariposa-Lily, Nodding and Short-styled Onion, White Bog Orchid, Purple Prairie-clover, Wild Red Raspberry, Meadow Salsify, Thyme-leaved Sandwort, Shepherd’s Purse, Western Springbeauty, Blunt-fruited Sweet-root, Bull and Canada Thistle, Clasping-leaved Twisted-Stalk, Edible and Sitka Valerian, Ballhead Waterleaf, Gardiner’s Yampah, and Yellowbells.



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