- 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
Spring Term: Plant Lists
- Trip #1: , April 7, 8, 11, 2017
- Trip #2: , April 14, 15, 18, 2017
Summer Term: Economic Botanical Surveys
Second Year Field Trips
- Trips #1-2: April 1-2, 2017
- Trip #3: , April 16, 2017
Wild Food Tending Field Trips with Heron Brae
Economic Botanical Surveys with Abundance and Phenology
We are not running Wild Food Tending this year, but we have included last year’s lists for your reference.
- Trip #1: , April 10, 2016
- Trip #2: , April 24, 2016
- Trip #3-6: , May 23-26, 2016
- Trip #7-8: , June 12-13, 2016. Blank survey included.
- Trip #9-10: , July 17-18, 2016.
- Trip #11-14: , September 15-18, 2016.
About Plant Lists and Botanical Surveys
Most of this data was gathered between the months of April through September 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 principles addressed during the field trip. On occasion, our topics may fall into one of the following specific categories: Herbalism Principles, Wildcrafting Principles, Botanical Principles, and Ecosystems/Habitats.
Notes: The plant lists may include highlights and additional details from each class field trip. 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. We use the family names found in the most current taxonomic key for the area, which is usually The Flora of the Pacific Northwest by Hitchcock and Cronquist. Only Volume 1 of the new Flora of Oregon has been published. These new names are reflected in the plant list.
Latin Names: The latin name is the best way to identify a plant. We use the Latin names found in the most current taxonomic key for the area, which is usually The Flora of the Pacific Northwest by Hitchcock and Cronquist. Only Volume 1 of the new Flora of Oregon has been published. These new names are reflected in the plant list.
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. If you eat a plant in a salad or prepared food and it requires seeking medical attention afterwards, we will define the plant as poisonous. 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, Jim, not a zoologist.”