Beneficial Weeds

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

The listed varieties do not represent the complete list of flowers that grow in the Greater Victoria Region.  This list is one that represents flowers that have been grown, foraged, researched and integrated into the lifestyle of  this author.  The references to gardens in the Greater Victoria Area refer to 3 separate gardening experiences that integrated the natural world for healing and discovery.  Beginning in James Bay the focus was for healing a broken community, in Oak Bay broken relationships and now Oaklands for deepening  connection with natural ways.

This list can be used to identify flowers in your own garden that can be culinary and medicinal, used for cosmetics, infused oils and vinegar’s, tinctures, flower essences and plant dyes.  For the more romantic you may wish to consider the hidden language and meaning of flowers!  For enriching your environment one may wish to pay attention to placement using color and or symbology of the plant.

 

Symbols for Quick Reference above each plant entry:

Edible

Edible

Mortar

Medicinal

tea kettle

Tea/Infusion

Dye

Dye Plant

deer

Unfriendly for Deer

The listed varieties do not represent the complete list of weeds that grow in the Greater Victoria Region.  This list is one that represents weeds that have been grown, foraged, researched and integrated into the lifestyle of  this author.


Black Medic(Medicago lupulin)   ← click to read more

EdibleMortarDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Annual – Self Seeding
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Chickweed (Stellaria media) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettle

pic by Renee Lidnstrom

Chickweed                                 Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Rendezvous

Annual  – Self Seeding
Renee's:
♥James Bay Garden (Community Healing Garden: Placement) 
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Chickweed Seeds


Cleaver (Galium aparine)  ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Cleavers                      Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Annual Self Seeding

Buy Canadian Cleaver Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) ← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

Dandelion                                 Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Happiness and Faithfulness

Seasonal Perennial,  Self Seeding

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

English Daisy (Bellis perennis)← click to read more

EdibleMortartea kettle

pic by Renee Lindstrom

English Daisy                               Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Innocence and Purity

Seasonal Perennial 

Buy Canadian English Daisy Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Hairy Bitter-cress (Cardamine hirsuta) ← click to read more

Edible

2017-03-27 11.20.08

Hairy Bittercress               Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Clarity and Perception

Annual – Self Seeding (Warm Climates – Evergreen)
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Edible

Herb Robert

Herb Roberts

Photo credit: JulieK (thanks for 6 million views) on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-SA

Annual, Self Seeding
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Herb Robert Seeds


Mullein(Verbascum thapsus) (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

by Renee Lindstrom

2nd year Mullein                  Photo by Renee Lindstrom

Meaning:  Creativity, Self Reliance

Two year life span – Mullein flowers 2nd year 
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Buy Canadian Mullein Seeds


Plantain (Greater)

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

Greater Plantain

Buy Canadian Greater Plantain Seeds

Photo credit: SimonLH64 on VisualHunt / CC BY

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Purple Dead Nettle

EdibleMortartea kettleDye

2017-03-27 11.19.07

Dead Nettle    Pic by Renee Lindstrom

Self – Seeding

Buy Canadian Purple Dead Nettle Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Purple Goats Beard (Root is called Salsify)

Edible

Goats Beard  Pic by Renee Lindstrom

Perennial  – Self Seeding
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Self Heal Herbs

EdibleMortartea kettle

Pic by Renee Lindstrom

Self-heal Herb  Pic by Renee Lindstrom

Self Seeding

Buy Canadian Self-heal Seeds

Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

Yellow Dock (← click to read more)

EdibleMortartea kettle

Narrow Leaf Yellow Dock in Renee's Oakland Garden

Yellow Dock  Pic by Renee Lindstrom

Perennial, Self seeding
Renee's:
♥♥♥Oakland's Garden (Mindful Nature Health: Connection & Ecopsychology)

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.


Copyright 2014 – 2018  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000
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