Edible Sierra Nevada Plants
Dicotyledon Genera Descriptions
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Compositae - Sunflower Family
Achillea lanulosa, A. lanulosa ssp alpicola
Used in moderation, a tea can be made from the dried leaves or substituted for sage in stews and soups.
Herbage can be used as a tobacco substitute.
Antennaria alpina, A. argentea, A. corymbosa,
A. dimorpha, A. geyeri, A. luzuloides,
A. rosea, A. umbrinella
The gum in the stem makes a nutritious chewing gum.
Artemisia arbuscula, A. cana, A. douglasiana,
A. dracunculus, A. ludoviciana ssp incompta, A. norvegica var. saxatilis,
A. rothrockii, A. tridentata
Seeds are edible raw or ground. Herbage used to flavor soups, but is toxic in large quantities.
Balsamorhiza deltoidea, B. sagittata
Leaves and stems may be eaten, but the older they get the more fibrous they become. The seeds may be roasted and consumed.
Cirsium andersonii, C. californicum, C. coulteri,
C. drummondii, C. eatonii, C. foliosum,
C. ochrocentrum, C. pastoris, C. tioganum
Roots of all species may be consumed raw or cooked. Peeled stems are cooked as greens. Young leaves are edible, all leaves can be steeped as tea.
Hieracium albiflorum, H. cynoglossoides, H. gracile,
The juice may be dried and used as chewing gum.
The thin roots can be eaten raw.
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Wyethia augustifolia, W. elata, W. helenioides,
W. invenusta, W. mollis, W. ovata
Seeds are edible and resemble sunflower seeds in taste.
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