New wild plant phone app is out!


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 When “Wildman” Steve Brill reached out to me last year and invited me to contribute the Pacific Northwest plants to the newest version (2.1) of his excellent Wild Edibles iPhone and Android app, developed by WinterRoot, it was easy to say yes. I was excited and honored to be part of it. His app covers more than 200 useful plants and operates essentially as a field guide to common useful plants of North America, offering accurate information about the identification and uses of wild edible and medicinal plants of the urban and not-so-urban jungles at the touch of a button.

Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and delicious. While not native to the Pacific northwest, it can be found as an ornamental used in landscaping.

Sea-buckthorn is one of the many plants covered in this comprehensive app. While the tree is not native to the Pacific northwest, its edible berries can be found as an ornamental used in landscaping.

With contributions from myself, veteran urban forager and author Steve Brill and California survivalist and author Christopher Nyerges, you can trust it to be accurate and reliable. Safety is important when it comes to wild plants, and relying on this app is a nice alternative to using Google on your phone, because the search engine is crowd-sourcing information, and there’s plenty of inaccurate and parroted hearsay out there. Plus, it beats carrying around a bulky book in your bag.

The plants I contributed include: Oregon grape, fig, wapato, thimbleberry, strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), sea-buckthorn, salmonberry, salal, little western bittercress, Indian plum, everlasting pea, emerald carpet, calendula, and lunaria.

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Check out more info on the app here. Version 2.1 is live and available for download here for iPhone and here for Android!

8 thoughts on “New wild plant phone app is out!

  1. If you like the app, please write customer reviews. If we can generate more sales, it will fund the programmers to make more updates. Trolls are lying about there being no scientific names, or that all the hundreds of photos I’ve taken and edited are junk, downloaded from Google. These are disturbed people, so that’s understandable, but normal people are believing them, and telling me they’re not buying the app because of these obvious dishonest reviews. As a full-time seasonal freelance foraging teacher and senior citizen supporting a family, I can use all the support I can get. Thanks!

    • I have just purchased my first smart phone, and yours will be the first app I download and use. When I do I will review it. Wondrous work, keep at it and thank you. I am new to Portland and am certain this will be an invaluable tool.

    • Yes, I live in the NE, and everything I’ve learned about the plants growing around here in more than 3 decades is in there, along with all my photos, drawings, and paintings. New discoveries get added in updates.

  2. Just downloaded this. Absolutely incredible resource– it’s SO much easier to carry my phone instead of a bag of books, which I feel like I need to do as a new forager!

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