The Wild Foodies of Philly
   In search of the food beneath our feet!
 

 



20 STEPS TO LEARN ABOUT 320+ WILD EDIBLE PLANTS!

We arranged the plants in this order so that they would be easier for you to learn. You can learn in order, one step at a time, OR jump around and count up the steps of plants to determine how far you've come. Also, take advantage of the numerous links on our home page!


1 - PLANTS
 

Clover:

white

red
 

Violet:
- field pansy
- sweet violet
- wild violet


Plantain/Plantago:
- broad leaf
- narrow leaf


Strawberry:
- Indian
- wild


Onion & Garlic:
- garlic (onion grass)
- onion
- ramps  

 


2 - PLANTS

 

Lettuce-Like:

- chicory

- dandelion

- lettuce, wild

- lettuce, prickly

- sow thistle


Carrot/Parsley-like:

carrot

goutweed

eastern waterleaf

sweet cicely

aniseroot


Thistle:

- bull

- burdock

- field

- milk


Salsify


3 - PLANTS


Mustard & Cress:

- mustard

- garlic mustard

- bittercress

- pennycress

- peppercress

- Sheperdís purse

- watercress 

- wintercress


Amaranth:

common

epazote, wormseed

mat

spiny

Lambís quarters


Nettle:

- clearweed

- stinging

- wood


4 - PLANTS


Mallow/Hibiscus family:

- common

- high

- marshmallow

- Rose of Sharon

- velvet leaf mallow


Dock/Sorrel:

bitter dock

curly yellow dock

patience dock

sheep sorrel

wood sorrel, oxalis

 

Chickweed:

common

fuzzy, mouse-ear

- sticky mouse-ear

 

 

 


5 - PLANTS

 

Grass:

- Asiatic dayflower

- bamboo

- cattail

- grass

- crabgrass

- knotgrass

- knotweed,Japanese

- reedgrass

- LadysThumb

- pepper grasss

- spiderwort

- wild rice


6 - PLANTS


Mint: groundcover
-
ajuga
-
ground ivy
-
henbit
-
purple deadnettle


Mint: upright

- anise hyssop
-
bee balm, scarlet
-
bee balm, wild
-
horsemint
-
giant hyssop
-
lemon balm
-
mountain mint
-
shiso, beafsteak
-
spearmint
-
watermint


 


7 - PLANTS (FRUITS)
 

Mayapple
Bunchberry

Prickly pear
 

Nightshade:
- ground cherry
- black nightshade


Evergreen, low, berries:
- Wintergreen

- Creeping snowberry

- Lingonberry

- Partridgeberry
- American cranberry
- Bog cranberry

 


8 - PLANTS (ROOTS)


Sunflower:

- false sunflower

- sunchoke

- sunflower

- woodland


Solomon Seal:

- common

- false

 

American groundnut
American peanut

Daylily
Evening primrose

Spring beauty
 

SUCCULENTS:

Yucca

Prickly pear

 


9 - PLANTS (lots of medicinal characteristics)


Artemesia:

mugwort

sweet Annie


Chamomile:

wild

pineappleweed

 

Chameleon

Ginger

Jewelweed

Mullein

Speedwell

Yarrow

 


10 - PLANTS (WATER)


Duckweed

Brookweed

Arrowhead, wapato
Arrow Arum

Pickerelweed

Water chestnut

Water hyacinth
 

Water lilies:

- American lotus

- yellow pond lily

 

ODDS & ENDS:

Asparagus
Carpetweed
Cleaver
Fiddlehead fern
Goldenrod
Hosta
Milkweed

Milkweed/Butterfly

Pokeweed

Purple loosestrife
 


11 - VINES


Grapevine & related:

- grape, riverbank

- porcelainberry


Smilax/Greenbrier

Hardy kiwi

Honeysuckle,Japanese

Hyacinth bean

Kudzu

Mile-a-minute

Passion vine

Potato vine

 

 


12 - BUSHES (FRUIT)
 

Raspberry & related:

- blackberry, Allegheny

- blackberry, sawtooth

- dewberry

- purple flowering

- raspberry, black

- raspberry, red

- wineberry


Ribes:

- currant, clove

- gooseberry. prickly


Rose:

- multiflora rose

- rose, many species

- RosaRugosa

 
Barberry
 


13 - BUSHES (FRUIT)


Blueberry-like:

- high bush

- low bush

- chokeberry, black

- chokeberry, red

- huckleberry, black

- huckleberry, box

 

Vibernum:

- black haw

- high bush cranberry

- nannyberry

 

Sumac:
- Sumac, fragrant

- Sumac, staghorn
- Sumac, winged


14 - BUSHES (FRUIT)
 

Elderberry

Spicebush

Asian Lemon

Autumnberry/olive

Bayberry, northern

Barberry

Beach plum

Beautyberry

 

 

 

 


15 - BUSHES
 

Holly:

- inkberry

- winterberry
 

Mahonia

 

Ash, Prickly

Bayberry, northern

Devil's walking stick

Rose of Sharon


 

 


16 - TREES (NUTS)


Oaks:

- chinquapin

- pin

- red

- white


Walnut & related:
- black
- butternut

 

Locust & related:

- black locust

- honey locust

- Kentucky coffee tree

 

Beech, American
Hazelnut, American

Hickory. shagbark

Ginkgo 


 


17 - TREES (FRUIT)


Apple & related:

- Callery pear

- crab apple

- hawthorn
- Juneberry

- plum

- quince

- rowan

 

Cherry & related:

- black cherry

- chokecherry

- pin cherry


Dogwood:

- cornelian dogwood

- kousa

 


18 - TREES (FRUIT)
 

Mulberry & related:

- black

- paper

- red

- white

 

Paw Paw

Persimmon
___________


SPICY:
Birch, sweet
Sassafras 

 

 

Elm:

Elm, Chinese

Elm, slippery

Elm, Siberian


19 - TREES
 

Aspen, American

Sweetgum

Sycamore

Tulip poplar

Cottonwood

Empress 

Hackberry

Linden/basswood

Maple family

Mimosa

Redbud

Willow, black

 

 

 
20 - TREES (EVERGREENS)
 

Holly, American


Conifers & related:

- fir, balsam

- hemlock

- juniper

- larch

- pine, white

- spruce, Norway