Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs, Second Edition, 2017, Richo Cech, NEW
This second edition was rewritten and published in 2017. A compendium of information about 20 native herbs of North America and Hawaii, with an emphasis on conservation through cultivation. ISBN: 9780970031211. Brand new book direct from the publisher. Richo is an herbal master.
This book thoroughly details 20 native North American medicinal plants considered "at-risk" by the United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of medicinal plants. Besides their cultural significance, the plants detailed in this book are all perennial, long-lived, and tend to have low fecundity rates. These species have been considered tricky to propagate as well.
Half of the species covered in this book are medicinal woodland herbs native to eastern hardwood forests, the most notable of these are the lady's slipper orchid (Cypripedium spp.), black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and the keystone North American medicinal plant, American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). The remaining species covered in this book are an eclectic mix from a variety of habitats, for example, a temperate deciduous forest tree (slippery elm, Ulmus rubra), two insectivorous plants (sundew, Drosera rotundifolia; and Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula), a genus of mostly prairie habitats (Echinacea), an herb of dry and rocky soils (lomatium, Lomatium dissectum), a subalpine herb (osha, Ligusticum porteri), a tropical rainforest shrub (kava kava, Piper methysticum), a sun-loving desert herb (stillingia, Stillingia sylvatica), and a mind-bending cactus (peyote, Lophophora williamsii).