Trying to Eradicate Creeping Jenny

The Late-June battles continue with one of the most persistent weeds in our territory. Creeping Jenny may look cute and innocuous from the first few leaves that appear above ground, and I’ve even heard of people using it as an ornamental plant for this reason. But underneath the surface, those few little leaves are supportedContinue reading “Trying to Eradicate Creeping Jenny”

Maštíŋčaphute čháŋ

Maštíŋčaphute čháŋ (literally, rabbit nose bush — inexplicably named Buffalo Berry in English). The leaves are oval-shaped and fuzzy, and the shrub is covered with sharp thorns. In the fall, the berries will turn red. Some people wait until after the first frost to harvest, because the berries will be sweeter. I have heard thatContinue reading “Maštíŋčaphute čháŋ”

Flower Biodiversity: Uŋžíŋžiŋtka Hú Waȟčá

Uŋžíŋžiŋtka hú. Rosa woodsii. It goes by many names in English, including Woods’ Rose and Wild Rose. Distribution maps show that it grows all over western North America, and also in some eastern areas including Ontario and Québec. Rose hips are widely known as a great source of Vitamin C, in a form that isContinue reading “Flower Biodiversity: Uŋžíŋžiŋtka Hú Waȟčá”

Čhaŋpȟá Tȟózi: Green Chokecherries

Čhaŋpȟáhu, Prunus americana, Chokecherry bush. Still completely green in mid-June. One of the Lakota names for the moon month of July is Čhaŋpȟásapa wí, the moon when the chokecherries are black [ripe]. After the clusters of white flowers blossom in the spring, small green fruits appear. Over the next couple months, they get bigger. Then,Continue reading “Čhaŋpȟá Tȟózi: Green Chokecherries”

Čhaŋíčaȟpehu: Nettles in early June

Čhaŋíčaȟpehu, Urtica dioica, Stinging nettles. They grow in shaded, damp areas. Many people today avoid them or even wear thick gloves to pull them out for fear of the sting. But on Standing Rock, the knowledge that they are actually a powerful medicinal plant, and that the stingers can help with pain and inflammation, isContinue reading “Čhaŋíčaȟpehu: Nettles in early June”