Plants and People Project
People around the world have used plants for many purposes. You know that people have eaten many plants. Some plants have been used as dyes. Some are used to make fabrics. Others have been used to make containers, tools and modes of transportation. Some plants like cotton and flax are used to make cloth. Many plants have been used as a source of healing medicines or for spiritual rituals.
This site explores plants found in North America and some of their uses. This list is by no means complete. Warning: Some of the plants in this list could be harmful. Some are poisonous. These web pages are only meant to be informative. The author of this site does not endorse or recommend the use of these plants.
Use the Plants and People Index to look for a specific plant.
The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers Eastern Region William A Niering 1979
The Bakken Library and Museum - A Lesson To Dye For
Botanical.com - A Modern Herbal
California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc. Fruit Facts
Connecticut Botanical Society - Wildflowers and ferns Kudos to them for creating and maintaining such a rich online resource!
Cornell University - Poisonous Plants Informational Database
Encyclopedia of North American Indians - Food and Cuisine
Field Guide to Trees of the Eastern Region National Audobon Society, Elbert L Little, 1980
Grow Native Shrubs in Your Yard - F.M. Mooberry & Jane H. Scott 1980
The Herbalist - Joseph E. Meyer 1918 - David C. Meyer 1981
How Indians Use Wild Plants for Food, Medicine & Crafts - Frances Densmore 1974
ID It - Dendrology at Virginia Tech us ethis to ID trees and bushes
Indian Herbology of North America - Alma R. Hutchens, 1991
John Lawson Digital Exhibit - How Plants are Named.
Minnesota Power Company - The Right Tree Handbook
National Wildlife Federation - Tree Quiz
Native American Ethnobotany Database - A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, derived from plants
Natural Dyes and Hone Dyeing Rita J. Adrosko 1971
Noble Foundation - Plant Image Gallery common name
North American Indian Medicine - University of Illinois at Chicago
Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Ohio Trees
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Common Trees Of Pennsylvania
Peterson Field Guides Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants Steven Foster and James A. Duke 1990
PLANTS National Database - PLANTS
Smithsonian Institution - National Zoo On site exhibit about plants
Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of the American Indian - On site exhibits about plants and Peoples
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