Index of Plants

Learn 52 Most Common (L48) Plants In 52 Weeks Or Less!!!

HOW IT WORKS: Each of the common wild edible and medicinal plants are assigned a nickname that’s derived from it’s physical appearance. The nicknames serve as a springboard to each plant’s mnemonic (memory technique); and the mnemonics are designed to aid in immediate plant identity without need of a book or having to remember multiple common names or the scientific/latin name of each plant. More: WHY PLANT NICKNAMES?

This course is most affective with “time and repetition”. Don’t rush! Take your time and learn one plant per week. E-FLASH CARDS and audio recordings of each plant’s mnemonic (free on iTUNES and at the bottom of each plant’s page) are specifically designed, through repetition, to help you with “long term” memory. Once you know the mnemonics download the free POCKET CHARTS to aid you with edible preps, medicinal preps, poisonous look-likes and other uses for each plant.

GET STARTED: Use subscription box on left to get weekly reminders of each new post sent to your email box. If this is your first week don’t worry. All 52 plants will repeat, in the same order, year after year; so go ahead and subscribe now. In the meantime study and remember the latest/last plant in the index below. That will be plant number 1 for you. The first email reminder you get will be your plant number 2 and so on.


01. Acer negundo | Boxelder | Key Tree
02. Achillea millefolium | Yarrow | Arrow
03. Amaranthus blitoides | Mat Amaranth | Doormat
04. Amaranthus hybridus | Slim Amaranth | Female Finger
05. Amaranthus retroflexus | Redroot Pigweed | Male Finger
06. Arctium minus | Lesser Burdock | Elephants
07. Brassica juncea | Brown Mustard | Mustard Packs (Brn)
08. Brassica nigra | Black Mustard | Mustard Packs (Blk)
09. Capsella bursa-pastoris | Shepherd’s Purse | Fishtails
10. Chenopodium album | Lamb’s Quarters | Goosefoot
11. Cichorium intybus | Chicory | Glass Windmill
12. Cirsium vulgare | Bull Thistle | Prickly Vase
13. Daucus carota | Queen Anne’s Lace | Period
14. Glechoma hederacea | Ground Ivy | Bugle Boy
15. Helianthus tuberosus | Jerusalem Artichoke | Sun Hat
16. Lactuca serriola | Prickly Lettuce | Broom
17. Lamium amplexicaule | Henbit | Skinned Rabbits
18. Lepidium campestre | Field Pepperweed | Beer Bottle
19. Lepidium virginicum | Virginia Pepperweed | Milk Bottle
20. Lycopus americanus | Water Horehound | Back Spine (WM)
21. Malva neglecta | Common Mallow | Spare Tire
22. Mentha spicata | Spearmint | Knife ‘n’ Fork
23. Nasturtium officinale | Watercress | Ducks
24. Oenothera biennis | Evening Primrose | Bananas
25. Oxalis stricta | Yellow Woodsorrel | Love Love Love
26. Pastinaca sativa | Wild Parsnip | Sunbrella
27. Phragmites australis | Common Reed | Flag Pole
28. Plantago lanceolata | Narrowleaf Plantain | Dookie Stick
29. Plantago major | Broadleaf Plantain | Braids
30. Portulaca oleracea | Purslane | Oar Snakes
31. Prunus virginiana | Choke Cherry | Condom
32. Pteridium aquilinum | Brackenfern | Eagles’ Wings
33. Rhus glabra | Smooth Sumac | Burning Bush
34. Rumex acetosella | Sheep’s Sorrel | Blood Spill
35. Rumex crispus | Curly Dock | Hot Dart Board
36. Sagittaria latifolia | Common Arrowhead | Rabbit’s Head
37. Salsola tragus | Russian Tumbleweed | Afro
38. Sambucus nigra | Black Elderberry | Plates
39. Sium suave | Water Parsnip | Spokes
40. Sonchus oleraceus | Sow Thistle | Lion’s Paw
41. Stellaria media | Chickweed | Snow Flakes
42. Taraxacum officinale | Dandelion | Dead-The-Lion
43. Thlaspi arvense | Field Pennycress | Soda Bottle
44. Tragopogon dubius | Yellow Salsify | Lion’s Boat
45. Trifolium pratense | Red Clover | Cotton Candy
46. Trifolium repens | White Clover | Ping-Pong Ball
47. Typha latifolia | Broadleaf Cattail | Cattail
48. Urtica gracilis | Stinging Nettle | Hairy Savage

UPDATES: A new plant will be added each week for 52 weeks.

Comments (52)

  1. We will be using this and sharing this with our peers/ students in our school in support of our Natural Revival Gardens at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf MD

  2. That’s good news. Thanks!

  3. Thank you…

  4. Thanks for good seeds valuable information !

  5. Terrific course! Thank you. I wish I could find one like it for Australian plants, I need both.

  6. You’re welcome! There was none like it in the U.S. either; until I started one. P.S. The following is a link to the Australian Government website with a list of bushfood resources >>> < << And this is a list of the Top 10 Aboriginal bush medicines >>> <<<

  7. What a true delight stumbling across this website! Thank you, thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge and taking the time, dedication & patience to creating such a gem of a teaching tool through-out the pages of this site. It sure does inspire one to “pay it forward” by not only sharing one’s wisdom of healing ourselves, each other & Mother Earth…but to share the passion of learning as well. Cheers!

  8. Thanks for offering this! so much easier to remember your nicknames than all the technical ones. Thanks for all the time and effort you’ve put into this :)

  9. Thanks for the encouraging words Melinda. I’m glad it’s working for you.

  10. Please email me… I’m a professional artist and am interested in partnering with you to create a children’s book to teach kids wild edible plant identification (only the ones that have no poisonous look-alikes). Interested?

  11. Yes. That sounds like a good idea. Watch your inbox.

  12. Going to share this great information with my prepper/survivalist/homesteading friends on my pages. This is exactly what I was looking for. Keep up the good work!

  13. [:)]

  14. I’m a herbalist from South Africa. If there’s anything you need to know ( about our local plants) just send me an e-mail. I’m interested in medicinal plants from all over the world. I live on a 2,5 hect. plot, and grow most of the herbs I use. Love your work.!

  15. Check your email box.

  16. I love your information on here. I started using the flash cards, I was wondering if you had any imput on book on plants just in the northwest with pictures? We planing on a 2 week live off the land and surviving outdoors in 5 years when are kids are older and able to enjoy it. I have not found any northwest books that are specific with pictures for this area. Again thank you for all your great work.

  17. The most popular book for that area is called “Edible Plants of the Pacific Northwest”. It’s available on Amazon. There’s a website you may also want to take a look at: cut and paste >>> >>> or just click here. Plus, area stores, that sell camping equipment, ordinarily stock books about wild edible plants for that region.

  18. Thank you very much.

  19. I have just stumbled across this, brilliant. I will be utilising and devising similar for common British wild species.
    They will be incorporated into my ipso phyto stable of websites, fb page walks, courses, and publications! Great idea, great work! What about japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) ?!

  20. Thanks for the complement. Glad to know that you’ve been inspired by my work. About Japanese Knotweed: My course is limited to the most common wild edible plants in the U.S. and it’s just not common enough (almost though) so I skipped it.

  21. Great info in a great medium!!Thanks……..

  22. What about the Moringa Oleifera Tree?

  23. The “Miracle Tree” did not make the list because it is not common enough. It’s only found in Florida, according to the USDA.

  24. This is so great! Why are you doing this for free?

  25. Was on this path to teach myself and just decided to share it with others along the way.

  26. Thank you so much! Great job!
    This is so great. I will be sharing this with others!

  27. Got me feelin’ all tingly :)

  28. I love this course, what do i look it up under in itunes? pleaes =)

  29. Glad that you love the course! The iTunes recordings are of all the mnemonics; provided for repetitive listening purposes (mnemonics explained in each “show description”). From iTunes Search: Survival Plants Memory Course or just Survival Plants. On PC or Mac? Click the iTunes icon in left column of the SPMC home page. On Smart Phone? Click iTunes link in the “HOW IT WORKS” section near top of the SPMC home page.

  30. thanks for this info will share with my brother who is very much into to this

  31. I live in Florida and have a miracle tree. I sprinkle everything I eat with the leaves. Its very Nutritious.

  32. Thank you for this! I was doing some research on Acer Negundo and found this great tool for remembering these trees. Thank you!

  33. Wow! This is a really cool idea!!! Let me know if you ever publish a book with all this info in it!!! I would bye it!

    Thanks for this site!

    … Ivy

  34. Thanks for the compliment Ivy! Compiling the information of all 52 plants into a book is the plan. All subscribers (left hand column) to this blog will be notified of publishing and purchasing information. A banner ad, to purchase the book, will also be added to this blog at that time.

  35. I wanted to join your mailing list but the button isn’t working …

  36. Just tested it. Worked fine. Added you manually. Check your email box to confirm. And thanks for your interest!

  37. Hello,

    I have been following you for a while and have told others. I have just started a blog and will be sharing your site through that. This is a great resource that you have put together. Thank you


  38. Thank You Cassandra!

  39. carnell i stumbled upon your site through ericas wil food girl and im glad i did! i can allready see i need this, looking forward to learning from you, thank you for the time etc… you are taking to help people.

  40. Join button on left not working. Plz add me. Great site, thanks

  41. Hmmm??? No problems on this end. You’re not the first to have problems. Might be the browser; don’t know. Will add you manually. Check your email box to confirm. Thanks for the compliment and you’re welcome.

  42. Hi, I can’t find the methods of preparation under index of plants…Am I missing something?

  43. I am sorry, I thought the methods of preparation was a video. I see it written now, thanks!

  44. This is awesome! Thanks for your generosity and your time that you’ve set aside to teach others about this topic. It is important that I learn about these as I am going into the Naturopathic arena. Father God bless you! Shalom!

  45. Cool

  46. Thank you for all the hard work you have put in to make this course. The world needs more generous people like yourself.

  47. Do you have any tips for gardeners on how to transplant wild edibles into a garden? Some don’t like to be transplanted, and just wilt and die. I’d like to move my wood sorrel, dandelion, mullein, and lambs quarters into an area protected from cars and pets, so I can eat them freely without worry about contamination. I tried growing dandelion indoors for fresh greens in the winter, but they were so slow to germinate and grow – perhaps they were too cold? Thank you.

  48. Please add me. The button for signing up for the course was not working. I’m in Firefox, if that makes a difference? Thank you! Looking forward to learning these!

  49. Each species likes a different environment (environments are shared in this course for each plant).
    Select plants that best fit the environment you’ll be planting them in.
    WARNING: These are “weeds” and can take over a garden, yard or neighborhood.
    Learn how your select plants/weeds propagate/multiply (how underground or how through the air) to know what you’re dealing with.

  50. You’ve just been sent an email that contains a confirm link.

  51. Dear Carnell, Compliments on this site. Even with many years of botany and horticulture experience, I still find this extremely well put together and helpful ! I started a *confirmed subscription* back on 7-17-14, yet to date (august 9) I have never recieved one of your weekly emails.

    What gives ?
    (Hoping I just didn’t get scammed for my email address…)


  52. Thanks for the compliment. I’ve not been as consistent with the plant updates/research as I was in the beginning (SOOOOOO burnt out). Four plants to go. Working on Mullein now (slowly but surely). You’ll get an email notification when it, and other plants, are finished. When all 52 plants are published, email notifications will then be placed on weekly autopilot. The emails, as you know, serve as a reminder for subscribers (new and old) to revisit the blog to get the next plant on the list to study for the week.

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