Five Acre Pharmacy

A brief inventory of medicinal plants, and their historical use, found in our western prairie yard in Franktown, Colorado.


 

We lived for several years on five acres south of Denver in the "high prairie" - at about 6500 feet above sea level. Our neighbors offered to mow our yard - but one person's weed is another person's wildflower! I discovered a fantastic variety of wild plants with incredible histories once I started looking closely at what was growing right under my nose! Most of the plants shown here (with the exception of the columbine and echinacea) were growing wild - a few I purposely planted. All of the phtographs in this section are of plants in my yard.

Backyard, Franktown, Colorado

Information in this section is taken in large part from the Peterson Field Guides: Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James Duke.

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