Do you sometimes feel helpless in the face of the news?

Global warming, habitat destruction, frankenfoods, and a deadlocked congress that can’t agree on anything.

All of us have an urge to do something…but sometimes it’s hard to know what that something is.

I am a huge fan of simple, do-able solutions (otherwise we spend all our energy thinking about what to do instead of actually doing it!). So I thought I’d share a small spring ritual that helps protect plant species and keep botanical medicine available.

Ready? It’s really simple:

Plant an endangered species.

Habitat destruction has put a number of medicinal species on the endangered list, our woodland plants especially, as their habitat is destroyed for roads and developments.

Many of these woodland botanicals will grow happily in your backyard. If your yard is super-sunny, create a screen for them. I build a little pile of rocks on the south side of the plant to protect it from the sun’s strongest rays.

Some of my garden favorites:

  • black cohosh
  • blue cohosh
  • goldenseal
  • trillium
  • butterfly weed (pleurisy root)
  • may apple

Where to get these little charmers? Horizon Herbs or Companion Plants will ship to your doorstep. Also try local plant sales. I usually buy mine right in Philadelphia at the Schuykill Nature Center when they have their seasonal sales.

No room for planting? Then use the money you would have spent on plants to make a donation to United Plant Savers!