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Native Plants of the Appalachian Woodlands

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Release Date: 10/13/2017

The Happiness Tree: Albizia julibrissin show art The Happiness Tree: Albizia julibrissin

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Albizia julibrisson is one of my new favorite new trees. Commonly called The Tree of Happiness, Persian Silk Tree, and Mimosa, Albizia is native to Asia and a member of the Fabaceae family. I love its pink puffball flowers, gorgeous fragrance, whimsical nature, and potent medicine. 

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The Amazing Amaranth Family show art The Amazing Amaranth Family

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Episode 32: Meet the broad and beautiful Amaranth family in this episode with farmer and seed saver Andrew McMillion. Andrew shares his experiences propagating and growing Amaranth and tells us about his favorite members in this low maintenance and resilient family including: Orach (Atriplex hortensis), Caucasian Mountain Spinach (Hablitzia tamnoides), Syrian Medieval Chard, and Strawberry Spinach (Blitum capitatum). 

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The Mighty Oak show art The Mighty Oak

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Journey into the world of Quercus, the amazing Oak. Found worldwide, Oaks have been revered for thousands of years. Horticulturalist Byron Joel is an avid Oak fan and shares his knowledge about Oaks from tiny acorn to robust tree.

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Nettle- The Prickly Medicinal Herb show art Nettle- The Prickly Medicinal Herb

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

If you've ever wandered into a patch of Nettle, you probably remember its ferocious sting! But, did you know that Nettle is a nutritional powerhouse and herbal medicine rock star?

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Meet the Geranium Family!  show art Meet the Geranium Family!

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

In this episode, I speak with Geranium expert Robin Parer about the entire Geraniaceae Family: Hardy Geraniums, Pelargoniums, Erodiums,and Monsonias. Robin talks in depth about how to grow and propagate them, where they are found in nature, the mistaken identity of Pelargoniums, and why she has been entranced with this plant family for so long. 

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The Lovely Loquat show art The Lovely Loquat

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Have you ever heard of Loquats? In this episode, farmer, educator, and author Ken Love talks about this sweet and prolific fruit tree. 

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Lovely Lavender show art Lovely Lavender

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Lori, aka Lavender Lori, farms Lavender in Western Montana on Rosalie Ranch where she distills her own brand of essential oils, hydrosols, and salves.

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The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Learn about native Appalachian herbs in this interview with educator, designer, and farmer Trevor Piersol.

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Hawthorn for the Heart show art Hawthorn for the Heart

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Episode 25: Have you heard of Hawthorn? Herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver is a big fan and in this episode fills you in on why she loves this plant! Hawthorn, Latin name Crataegus, is a heart tonic extraordinaire. A member of the Rose family, (like Bonnie), Hawthorn is also known as May Apple, Mayblossom, and the May Tree. Edible parts of the plant include the young leaves and flowers and the fruits or berries. Medicinally, Hawthorn has been used to prevent and treat heart problems, to regulate blood pressure, and to increase vein health.  Hawthorn berries are rich in antioxidants and can...

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The Medicinal, Edible Thistle  show art The Medicinal, Edible Thistle

The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story

Episode 24: Thistles! To many of us, they are those annoying, prickly plants that "bite." Classified as a noxious weed in many areas, thistles are the topic of this podcast with Thistle admirer Katrina Blair, author of the book  What does Katrina do for Thistle weed control? She eats them!   In this episode Katrina Blair talks about the many uses of this weedy plant. Thistles regenerate liver cells, are full of minerals, and their leaves make an alkaline drink.  You can make flour out of thistle seeds, chew the flowers and white fluff as a gum, and use large...

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Episode 26: Learn about native Appalachian herbs in this interview with educator, designer, and farmer Trevor Piersol. Co- founder of the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute, Trevor grows perennial fruits and medicinal herbs, with a focus on easy-care native plants, in his home state of Virginia. 

Appalachia, a vast mountain region of the United States, is rich in botanical diversity and herbal lore. In this episode, Trevor talks about American Ginseng, Goldenseal, Blue Cohosh, Black Cohosh, and two of the many fungi that grow in this region, Reishi and Chaga. Trevor shares with us the type of medicine these plants provide,  how to use them, how to ensure that the plants you buy are ethically harvested,  and how you can grow them at home or in a nearby woodland. 

Threatened by habitat loss, climate breakdown, poaching, and over-harvesting, these living treasures need to be protected. 

For more information about Trevor and his work, visit the Shenandoah Permaculture Institute.com.