Old Stone House/MS 51 Partnership Gardens  


Medicinal plants must be used with care, proper identification and deep knowledge of the effects is essential. No claims are made regarding efficacy or safety of use.  Some plants my be toxic if used improperly.

poke weed, mullien, anise hyssop, dandelion, mugwort, clary sage, plantain, button weed, mallow, dock, burdock

oregano, sage, rosemary, tarragon, winter savory, parsley, hyssop, spearmint, peppermint, thyme, heal all, milk thistle, cramp bark, lavender, comfrey, fennell, witch hazel, choleberry. elderberry

WILD FOODS, & Edible flowers

violet, borage, plantain, dandelion, nasturtium, calendula,  white pine needle, lamb's quarters, button weed, sorrel, mugwort, burdock, lily, milkweed











Annual Food Crops

lettuce, potato, peppers, cabbage, kale, collards, carrots, millet, squash, eggplant, melon, tomato, cucumber, beans, oats, barley, corn, ground cherry, tomatillo, beets, radishes, kolrabi, broccoli, komatsuna, mizuna, chard


Perennial Food Crops

elderberry, raspberry, gooseberry, currant, western sand cherry, jerusalem artichoke, juneberry, grape, rhubarb, beach plum, hazlebert, Nanking cherry, pear, american plum


Craft Plants

job's tears, basket willow, cotton, flax, eastern white cedar


Natural Dye Plants at OSH

Amaranth – pinks

Comfrey – light to deep greens

Dyer’s Coreopsis

Daffodils – yellow-green

Dandelion – yellow & green

Elderberry – purple, dark blue & gray

Fennel- yellow & greenrGoldenrod – bright yellows to golds & greens

Japanese maple leaves – a pink blush

Mint – green

Mustard blossoms – yellow

Nasturtium – bright green

Onion skin – yellow

Polk Weed

Red cabbage – from lavender to brilliant blue

Sour grass (wood sorrel or oxalis)  – summery yellow

Sorrel – pale yellows & greens,  roots – reddish-browns

Yellow Calendula, Chamomile, Goldenrod, Marigold, Tansy, Catnip

Greens, Artichoke, Black-Eyed Susan, Hyssop, Plantain

Pinks Amaranth flowers, Sorrel root

Reds Dandelion root, Japanese maple

Blues – Purples Cornflower, False indigo, Grape skins

Browns, Comfrey

Grays & Blacks, Iris


Cover Crops

buckwheat, Dutch white clover, barley, oats


Seeds, berries and vegetative cover for birds



Inkberry Ilex glabra

Songbirds: thrushes, mockingbirds, catbirds, robins, bluebirds and thrashers  


Blackberry Rubus allegheniensis

Blackberries rank at the top of summer foods for wildlife. 
Even late into the fall and winter, the dried berries are eaten by many species.

Pin Oak Acorns are a good and abundant staple food source for many songbirds.


Beach Plum

High Bush Cranberry Viburnum trilobum

Berries Sept-Feb still edible off the bush in mid-winter; popular with dozens of bird species, especially waxwings.

Elderberry Sambucus Canadensis

Elderberries are especially important sources of summer food for catbirds, robins, thrushes, sparrows, and many other songbirds.


Flowering dogwood

Dogwood fruits are important to many songbirds in late summer and fall.

Some primary users are cardinals, thrushes, and cedar wax-wings


Rose hips, which remain on the shrubs through the winter snd into the following year, are and important wildlife winter food source.

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata

Songbirds: thrushes, mockingbirds, catbirds, robins, bluebirds and thrashers

Snowberry or Waxberry Symphoricarpos

Good wildlife over and forage.

Eastern White Cedar Thuja occidentalis Arborvitae screen

Red Cedar fruits are eaten by cedar wax-wings, purple finches, robins, bluebirds, tree swallows, myrtle warblers and other songbirds.

Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarcarpa

Black fruit from Sept – Nov is eaten by songbirds.

Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia

Red fruits which appear Sept – Dec are an occasional winter food source for many bird species.

Juneberry or Western Serviceberry or Saskatoon Shadbush, Amelanchier ainifolia

Popular with wildlife.


Native Plants at OSH


Native Plant List compiled by Cindy Goulder Nov 2012

Aesculus parviflora – bottle brush buckeye

Amelanchier alnifolia* – juneberry

Amelanchier canadensis

Aronia melanocarpa – chokeberry

Aronia brilliantissima

Baccharis halimifolia

Cercis canadensis*

Clematis virginiana

Cornus florida

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Western Juneberry, Pacific Serviceberry Juneberry, Shadbush, Serviceberry Black Chokeberry

Red Chokeberry

Groundsel Bush


Virgin's Bower

Flowering Dogwood

Yellow-twig Dogwood

Witch Alder

Witch Hazel

Oakleaf Hydrangea




White Pine

Western Sand Cherry

Beach Plum

Pin Oak






Eastern White Cedar

Lowbush Blueberry

Highbush Cranberry

Swamp milkweed

Columbine Many-flowered

Aster Smooth Aster

New York Aster


Black cohosh


Mist Flower,

Hardy Ageratum

Joe Pye Weed


Woodland Sunflower

Jerusalem artichoke

Blue-flag Iris

Blue lobelia, Blue cardinal flower Beebalm


Solomon Seal

Christmas Fern

Black-eyed Susan

Brown-eyed Susan Blue-stemmed Goldenrod Grassleaf Goldenrod

Gray Goldenrod

Tall Meadow Rue



Netted chain fern

Cornus sericea

Fothergilla minor*

Hammamelis virginiana

Hydrangea quercifolia

Ilex glabra

Ilex verticillata

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

Myrica pensylvanica

Pinus sylvestris

Prunus besseyi*

Prunus maritima

Quercus palustrus

Rhus aromatica 'Gro-low'

Rubus odoratus

Sambucus canadensis 'Johns' & 'York' Spiraea latifolia

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Symphoricarpos alba

Thuja occidentalis*

Vaccinium angustifolia

Viburnum opulus

Aesclepias incarnata

Aquilegia canadensis

Aster ericoides (Symphyotrichum)

Aster laevis (Symphyotrichum)

Aster novae-angliae (Symphyotrichum) Baptisia australis

Cimicifuga racemosa (Actea racemosa) Eapatorium coelestinium

Eupatorium fistulosum/maculatum/purpureum

Geranium maculatum

Helenium autumnale

Helianthus divaricatus

Helianthus tuberosus

Iris versicolor

Lobelia syphilitica

Monarda fistulosa

Phytolacca americana

Polygonatum biflorum

Polystichum acrostichoides

Rudbeckia hirta

Rudbeckia triloba

Solidago caesia

Solidago graminifolia (Euthamia )

Solidago nemoralis

Thalictrum pubescens

Tiarella cordifolia

Viola canadensis

Woodwardia areolata
















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