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”

Ičáȟpe Hú: Echinacea angustifolia plant

June prairie sunset, with an ičáȟpe hú (Echinacea angustifolia) plant in the foreground. At this time of year, when we were out thíŋpsiŋla hunting, the pink petals were just starting to emerge around the flowerheads. The root and various other parts of this plant are a great medicine for toothaches, sore throats, immune system issues,Continue reading “Ičáȟpe Hú: Echinacea angustifolia plant”

Prairie Turnip Impostors? Thíŋpsinla (Timpsila) vs. False Thíŋpsiŋla, and how to tell them apart

View Post Pop quiz: Which of these two plants is Thíŋpsiŋla (Prairie turnip, Pediomelum esculentum), and which is its look-alike cousin, the False Thíŋpsiŋla or Ghost Thíŋpsiŋla (Pediomelum argophyllum, Silver Scurf Pea)? Plant #1: Plant #2: **********If you guessed that #2 was the true thíŋpsila, you are correct! I should know better.I make this mistakeContinue reading “Prairie Turnip Impostors? Thíŋpsinla (Timpsila) vs. False Thíŋpsiŋla, and how to tell them apart”

Waȟpékȟalyapi waŋ Wakáǧe – Making a Tea Blend

Three medicinal plants that make a great tasting and medicinal tea (clockwise from top left): Pȟežíhota waštémna – Artemisia frigida – fringed sage Čhaŋíčaȟpehu – Urtica dioica – stinging nettles Ziŋtkála tȟačháŋ – Amorpha canescens – leadplant

A Gift of Violets

A coffee filter with a violet plant inside: a gift from a neighbor and friend from the Standing Rock Seed Exchange, who has a fantastic garden in another one of the North Dakota communities on the reservation. These lovely little native plants pop up everywhere in the garden, and are sometimes considered weeds, so aContinue reading “A Gift of Violets”