Barbarea vulgaris – Wintercress

Wintercress/ Yellow rocket (Barbarea vulgaris) is an edible and invasive spring green that is in the mustard family. All plants in the mustard family are edible. Wintercress can be identified by its alternate and hairless leaves and bright yellow flowers which have 4 petals and 6 stamens (2 of which are short and 4 are […]

Cardamine hirsuta – Hairy Bittercress

Hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) is an edible plant in the mustard family whose leaves can be used as microgreens. Hairy bittercress is named for the tiny hairs that appear on its leaves and stems. It can also be identified by its small white flowers with four petals that are produced in spring. Hairy bittercress thrives […]

Allium vineale – Field Garlic

  Field Garlic (Allium vineale) is a non-native relative of chives that can be foraged in the colder months. Any leaves with a garlicky scent are edible. Field garlic leaves are thin and hollow. All parts of the plant are edible, including the leaves, bulb, and flowers. The bulb can be left in the ground […]

Arctium lappa – Greater Burdock

Greater burdock (Arctium lappa) is an invasive plant with edible and medicinal uses. Burdock is often found in disturbed soil and along edges of fields and walking paths. Burdock is a biennial, producing a basal rosette its first year and sending up a flower stalk its second year. Burdock can be identified by its fuzzy leaves […]

Rubus phoenicolasius – Wineberries

Wineberries (Rubus phoenicolasius) are an invasive type of raspberry from Japan. They were brought here for their potential in breeding hybrid raspberries. Wineberries can be identified by their purplish-red stems with hairy bristles and bright orangish-red berries. Wineberry leaves are rounder than raspberry leaves. The immature fruits are covered by a reddish hairy calyx which […]

Berberis thunbergii – Japanese Barberry

Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is an invasive plant with edible and medicinal berries that persist through the winter. Japanese barberries can be found in forest clearings and overgrown fields. In the spring, the plant produces edible small leaves that are accompanied by a single spine. The plant has yellow flowers in the spring which become […]

Albizia julibrissin – Mimosa Tree

The Mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) is an invasive tree from Asia and the Middle East. The mimosa tree has fern-like leaves and silky pompom flowers in the summer. The flowers become flat paper brown seed pods in late summer. Young mimosa leaves can be eaten cooked or dried and used for tea. Blossoms can be […]