Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies
Foothills to Alpine in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho

by Mary O'Brien
and Karen Vail

published by Leaning Tree Tales

  • A full color field guide to over 130 native and non-native plants from the foothills to the alpine of the Southern Rockies. It is written for the curious first-time forager as well as the more advanced harvester of edibles and medicinals. Each plant entry contains full color pictures, descriptions for identification, edible and medicinal uses, gardening tips, other uses and cautions. A section on poisonous plants is included. Also found throughout are tips for harvesting and preparation, recipes, stories, poems, natural history and science facts. The durable Flexi-cover binding makes this a perfect book for a backpack.

280 pages, 5 x 8.5, 1 map(s), index, appendix, glossary, 20 softcovers per case, Flexibound

ISBN 10: 1-937862-93-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-937862-93-0






Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies
Foothills to Alpine in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho

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Mary O'Brien align= MARY O’BRIEN has been studying and practicing herbal medicine since 1987. She studied with many renowned teachers including Rosemary Gladstar, Brigitte Mars, Stephen Buhner, and Michael Moore and completed the Chartered Herbalist program with Dominion Herbal College. A Colorado native, she has lived in Steamboat Springs over 20 years, where she teaches herbal medicine, leads medicinal plant walks, wild harvests, makes herbal products for local distribution through her business Black Bear Botanicals and maintains a medicinal garden for Yampa River Botanic Park. Her journey has led her to also study the medicine wheel, sacred plant medicine, massage therapy, energy work and permaculture. Through her teaching, she emphasizes the use of native, non-native, and locally grown plants for plant-based self-care and incorporates permaculture principles. She is passionate about empowering others to recreate relationship with the plant world and become sustainable caretakers of Mother Earth.
KAREN VAIL, a Steamboat Springs native is the “go to” local resource for information on the area’s native plants. She received a B.S. in Horticulture, with a concentration in Botany from Colorado State University, and earned her master’s degree in Gardening from the Royal Horticultural Society in England. She rode the “big yellow bus” for a year on Audubon Expedition Institute during her first year towards a master’s in environmental education, finishing up at Antioch in New England. Karen taught Botany at the local college and introduced people to local wildflowers through summer wildflower walks. Karen has published two books, For the Joy of Wildflowers: Colorado Creations, and Yampa Valley Visions: Photography and Writing of a Yampa Valley Naturalist. She has also co-published a video/DVD A Season of Wildflowers: The Rocky Mountains. She runs her own landscaping business and continues to be active in education through a local environmental education organization, Yampatika, and a variety of local venues.

Praise for Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Southern Rockies: Foothills to Alpine in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho

“Clearly and intelligently written, this is a magnificent contribution to understanding and using the plants in my favorite eco-region, the Rocky Mountains.” — Stephen Harrod Buhner, award-winning author of Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, Lost Language of Plants, and Herbal Antibiotics.

“An interesting and eye opening resource into an often hidden side of our native flora”. — Mike Kintgen, Curator of Alpine Collections, Denver Botanic Gardens.

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