Foraging made easier with these handy pocket-sized, waterproof, plant identification cards.
Forager’s Friend – Plant identification cards
This new set of plant identification cards from Wild Plant Guide encourages social media users of all ages who love missions, challenges, and getting out into nature, to become successful foragers by using these handy, pocket-sized, seasonal sets of ‘field-guide style’ identification cards to complete different seasonal foraging adventure quests on the website.
There are 54 plant species in the complete set. Not all of the plants are edible! I have included some of the more common poisons you will see. The hedgerow offers risks as well as rewards!
A summary of the toxic and poisonous plants of Britain was posted last year, it only takes a few minutes to become more familiar with the ones to avoid.
The Foragers Friend plant identification cards are grouped together into four seasons, each with 13 species per season. There are also a couple of extra bonus cards, and these are of two plants that are somewhat more tricky to find! The seasonal grouping is quite subjective really, because you can find many of these species with something to harvest at other times of year.
Many of the plants are covered elsewhere on the website, either in my monthly and seasonal guides, or as longer articles on individual species. A large number have been covered in a bite size video and can be found on WIld Plant Guide TV.
The full list of cards are:
Foragers Friend Plant Identification Cards – winter
common sorrel, bittercress, daisy, sea purslane, ground elder, lesser celandine, spear thistle, ground ivy, red dead-nettle, white dead-nettle, sea beet, salad burnet, common hogweed.
Foragers Friend Plant Identification Cards – spring:
ox-eye daisy, wild garlic, sea aster, wild strawberry, japanese knotweed, hedge bedstraw, ribwort plantain, stitchwort, stinging nettle, wall rocket, primrose, hemlock, pendulous sedge, raspberry
Foragers Friend Plant Identification Cards – summer:
rosebay willowherb, bellflower, burdock, fat hen, common mallow, bittersweet, pineapple weed, wild carrot, meadowsweet, blackberry, rock samphire, smooth sow thistle, chamomile, marsh samphire
Foragers Friend Plant Identification Cards – autumn:
sea buckthorn, walnut, hazel, Fuchsia, Guelder rose, hawthorn, sweet chestnut, yew, dog rose, rowan, elderberry, Himalayan balsam, holly oak.
A plant identification and foraging adventure quest game, for everyone!
Played in real time and online, the foraging adventure quest game is free to play, and a fun extra way of learning about edible wild plants from a useful foraging resource. In time, they will help you confidently identify plants when out silent hunting in the field.
Foraging opportunities never cease. The four seasonal sets will provide you with lots of different plant parts. Using the foraging quests, the glossary, and associated pages on the website will sharpen your foraging skills
The four seasonal sets (inclusive of postage and packing) are available in singles @ £10, pairs £17.50 or complete seasonal sets £30. Please visit the website shop for purchase.
Measuring in at a handy pocket-sized 9 x 9 cm, each card has a colour photo of a plant, typically showing at least one key identification feature, while the reverse side lists botanical and habitat descriptions, in bullet points field-guide style.
The cards should help you idenitfy the right plants and help you spot the wrong plants too! Can you spot the main feature below that says the plant I’m looking at is not mallow?
The foraging adventure quest game is free to play for all who buy the identification cards, and simply involves participating in the foraging missions here on the website; then finding and photographing the seasonal sets of plants, and uploading all your files to social media, using a hashtag #ForagersFriend on:
Twitter @Wildplant_guide https://www.twitter.com/wildplantguide
Facebook @wildplantguide https://www.facebook.com/wildplantguide
Instagram @wildplant_guide https://www.instagram.com/wildplant_guide
The forager who sends the most photos within the allotted timescale, wins a prize of their choosing from my various foraging and plant identification resources and courses.
Please note this deck is for educational and enjoyment purposes.
Not all of the plants or plant parts in this deck are edible or medicinal, but they need to be known to save mis-identification and accidentally ingesting them.
Foraging requires ongoing research and recognition.