10 #yyj Winter Edible & Medicinal Plants considered Invasive

A list of 10 common #yyj backyard winter medicinal and edible plants called and treated as unwanted weeds.  These are usually the first plants up in abundance before spring starting in  January through to March.  These are not being foraged therefore labelled as invasive.  Some of these can be considered super-foods with high amounts of Vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants and more.  Many of them act as a spring tonic that stimulate the body to detox and cleanse and many of them support colds, the flu and allergies that go with the season.

Keep in mind that they are only consumable if grown naturally and without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

What’s growing in your backyard?

Black Medic (medicago lupulina)

Black Medic from Renee's Oakland Garden

Black Medic Weed

Flowers & Leaves:  Early March 

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Herb, Laxative

Seeds:  Ground into flour

Taste:  Alfalfa like


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Butterbur (Petasites hybridus)

Flowers:  February, March

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Medicinal, Tincture, Infused Oil, Flower Essence

Roots:  Medicinal – Tea

Taste:  Flowers unique earthy taste, stalks celery like, bitter

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Chickweed (Stellaria media)

pic by Renee Lidnstrom

Flowers:  December through Spring

Flowers, Seeds & Leaves:  Culinary, Medicinal, Tea, Tincture, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Bath Infusions, Soap Making

Taste:  Grassy, like corn silk


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Cleavers/Clivers (Galium aparine)

Flowers: March

Flowers, Seeds & Leaves:  Culinary,  Medicinal, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Coffee Substitute, Topic Skin Remedies

Taste:  Young leaves in February taste Fresh

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Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)


Flowers:  March

Leaves & Roots:  Medicinal, Culinary – cooked only before flowering – DO NOT EAT RAW, Infused Oil, Flower Essence, Vinegar

Taste:  Spinach like

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Daisy – English (Bellis perennis)

English Daisy

Flowers:  February

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in salads or as garnish, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Tincture, Flower Essence,  Tea, Medicinal

Taste:  Mildly sour


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Dandelion (taraxacum)


Flowers: MarchLeaves: Before FloweringRootsFall

Flowers, Leaves & Roots:  Culinary – Flowers & Leaves: Fresh in salads, Jelly,  Medicinal, Infused Vinegar,  Infused Oil, Tinctures, Teas,  Flower essence

Taste:  Earthy, nutty & bitter

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Hairy Bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta)

2017-03-27 11.20.08Flowers:  February

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in Salads, Soups, Stews, Salsa, Pesto, Infused Vinegar, Infused Oil, Flower Essence

Taste:  Peppery



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Purple Dead Nettle

2017-03-27 11.19.07

Leaves:  March

Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in Salads, Soups, Stews, Medicinal, Flower Essence, Tincture,  Infused Oil, Infused Vinegar

Taste:  Mild Kale Flavour

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  Wild  Violets


Flowers: March

Flowers & Leaves:  Culinary, Fresh in Salads, Garnish, Decoration, Medicinal, Tea

Taste:  Fresh, Green, Peppery

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000