This is a list of generally available ethnobotanical resources that are available around central Wisconsin.  The focus of this list is to provide players with a list of wild growing flora that offer medicinal or craft value, including plants that can be processed for cordage and textiles.  The resources for these items are taken from Native American enthnographic and ethnobotanical data sources as well as references from the USDA, NRCS National Plant Data center.   The plants listed below are some of the plants that occur in the Northern Plains/Upper Midwest and occur naturally in central Wisconsin.

Updates to this list will be ongoing.  Please apply common sense regarding the seasonality of these resources.

NOTE :  The primary purpose of this list is to provide holistic (medicinal) and craft resources for players to enhance their RP and to seed ideas for IC events and inventions.   While some of these items can be ingested, they are not a primary food source.  If you are looking for wild growing food sources, those can be found here and here.   In some cases, some of items listed below are noted as toxic.  It would be wise not to eat them in character.

Indian Hemp (Apocyum cannabinum ): (Toxic) Strong fibrous strands that can be processed for cordage, clothing, and baskets.

Coyote Willow (Salix exigua):   Branches used for textile weaving, leaves can be brewed into a tea that relieves joint pain, bladder infections, allergies, and diarrhea.

Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa):  (Raw milkweed is toxic) Coarse clothing weaving and cordage. The boiled seeds treat poisonous snake bite.   Boiled root tea treats coughs and rheumatic conditions.

Soaproot (Chrologalum pomeridianum):  Peeled, boiled and mashed bulb makes a strong, long lasting glue and non-animal fat cleanser.

Soft Rush (Juncus effuses L.):  Used for string and sewing thread.

Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis):  Boiled bark treats dysentery.  Boiled roots treat vomiting and fevers.

Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra):  Hardwood lumber.  Bark is used as a disinfectant and treats heart arrhythmias.

Eastern Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana):  Bark can be boiled to create a cough syrup.

Oak Galls:  Excresions from wasp larvae eggs laid in oak trees hardens into a natural styrofoam.

Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum): (Toxic in large doses) Root is boiled into a tea that acts as dewormer and anti-diarrheal.  Root in poultice form treats burns and insect bites.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium):  Produces green textile dye.  Treats toothaches and ear infections.

Wild Rose (Rosa multiflora):  Wood used for arrow shafts. Root shoots used to treat colds.  Can be used to forge for rose hips.

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium):  Sap treats bug bites, burns, and cuts.  The leaves applied up the nose treat a sinus infection or chewed or boiled treat upper respitory infections.

Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica):  Boiled berries produces a powerful laxative.

Misseltoe (Viscum album): (Raw berries are extremely poisonous) Bark can be rendered into an oil or boiled used to treat high blood pressure.

Elderberry (Family Adoxaceae):  Wood used for arrow shafts.  Berries can be boiled into a tea to treat flu symptoms and are high in vitamin C.