AN HERBALIST’S RESOURCE FOR PLANTS IN IOWA.
Read about Iowa’s medicinal plants. Articles on Iowa’s herbs, published periodically.
This “Iowan Apothecary” is called such since I wish to use as much of our immediate native Iowan plants in my practice of herbalism as I can. All of these plants (except for the cultivated ones) are commonly found throughout Iowa, and which I feel makes up the bulk of the Iowan Materia Medica in the region where I live. This is called “bioregionalism.” As I become familiar with more and have access to more, I will add more plants to the apothecary.
Interested in any of these herbs? Please feel free to contact me for simples or formulas, as I have access/stock of may of these plants.
~Agrimony Agrimonia gryposepala (native)/Agrimonia eupatoria (exotic)
~Alfalfa Medicago sativa (cultivated)
~Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum (Iowa native)
~Anemone Anemone patens (Iowa native)
~Barberry Berberis vulgaris (exotic)
~Black Walnut Juglans nigra (Iowa native)
~Burdock Arctium lappa (exotic)
~Catnip Nepeta cataria (cultivated)
~Chickweed Stellaria media (exotic)
~Cleavers Galium aparine (exotic)
~Cow Parsnip Heracleum maximum (Iowa native)
~Comfrey Symphytum officinale (cultivated)
~Dandelion Taraxacum officinale (exotic)
~Echinacea Echinacea purpurea/angustifolia/paradoxa/pallida/tennesseensus (Iowa native/cultivated)
~Elder Sambucus canadensis (Iowa native), racemosa (Iowa native), or nigra (exotic)
~Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis (native)
~Garlic Allium sativum (cultivated)
~Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba (exotic)
~Goldenrod Solidago canadensis/odorata (Iowa native)
~Ground Ivy Glechoma herderacea (exotic)
~Horsetail Equisetum arvense (Iowa native)
~Jewelweed Impatiens capensis (Iowa native)
~Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis (cultivated)
~Marshmallow Althea officinalis (cultivated)
~Motherwort Leonurus cardiaca (exotic)
~Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum virginianum (native)
~Mullein Verbascum thapsus (exotic)
~Peach (Iowa) Prunus persica (Iowa native)
~Plantain Plantago major/lanceolata (exotic)
~Poke Phytolacca americana (native)
~Black Raspberry Rubus idaeus (Iowa native)
~Ragweed Ambrosia artemisifolia/trifida (native)
~Red Clover Trifolium pratense (native)
~Solomon’s Seal Polygonatium biflorum/multiflorum (Iowa native)
~St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum (exotic)
~Sweet Leaf (Wild Bergamot) Mondarda fistulosa (Iowa native)
~Vervain (Blue) Verbena hastata (Iowa native)
~Wild Lettuce Lactuca virosa/canadensis (native)
~Yarrow Achillea millefolium (exotic)
~Yellow Dock Rumex crispus (native)
….more, no doubt, to come
This list of herbs are all plants I work with, have worked with, could work with and/or which I am acquainted with. All grow right out here where I live, in rural Eastern Iowa; either that or they are sourced from the dense forests and creeks of the beautiful Driftless Region, Northeast Iowa, along the Upper Mississippi. This area is a secret wilderness that I have found is incredibly overlooked and underrepresented nationally. I go up there regularly to fish for trout in the cold-fed streams, and I harvest right next to these streams so I can assure that any plants I take from the Driftless of Iowa are found in the most pristine, protected, and untouched areas possible.
This list is by no means the limit of what I know, what I work with or what I have access to! If there is a plant (or lichen, or fungus) not appearing on this list which you are curious about, feel free to contact me about it.