Index of Plants


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


49. Verbascum thapsus | Great Mullein | Candlestick

Index Update BoxDrawings and photos in this course are used under protection of the “fair use” section (107) of the U.S. copyright act of 1976.

Comments (56)

  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

    • That’s good news. Thanks!

      • 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) ?!

        • 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.

  2. Thank you…

  3. Thanks for good seeds valuable information !

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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 :)

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

  9. 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.!

  10. 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.

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

  12. What about the Moringa Oleifera Tree?

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

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

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

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

    • 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.

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

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

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

  19. 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

    • 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.

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

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

  21. 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


  22. 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.

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

    • 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.

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

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

  26. 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!

  27. Cool

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

  29. 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.

    • 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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…)


    • 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.

  32. Thank you for this website. Finally a comprehensive and specific go-to for North American wild survival plants and herbs. I’m so psyched to have found you! Kudos on a great job. I look forward to following you.

  33. I really enjoy the course so far. Your plant mnemonics are a wonderful idea. I appreciate your research. I hope you can get this into a book (to carry with me in the wild) soon.

  34. I like this site it’s a master piece! Glad I discovered this
    on google.

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