"DownEast" Roadside Rx

A brief look at medicinal plants found along the roads, trails, and fields of "downeast Maine".

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse, in Lubec, Maine, at the easternmost point in the continental United States. Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, is seen across the Lubec Narrows in the background.

West Quoddy Head Lighthouse.

Great Wass Island

Maine's "downeast" coast is characterized by a cool climate, high humidity, rocky ledges, acid soil, and long "wintahs".  Interestingly, along this coast are rocks and mountains that were scoured clean by glaciers during the last ice age, as well as moraines, "kettles", and other glacial features!

Much of the information about the plants in this section comes from the Peterson Field Guides to Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants.


This is NOT meant to be a comprehensive guide or a guide to self-treatment with these plants, some of which are quite poisonous!

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©2000 Dr. Stephen Blythe All photos by Dr. Blythe