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The medicinal plant hike started on a beautiful sunny day in Arizona as we joined a park volunteer and 31 additional attendees to be introduced to edible and healing plants of the Sonoran Desert.
The orientation shared what we would be learning about and the hike we would be taking that day. Then we set off to walk among the plants and discover what a significant role they play in their desert habitat.
The list of medicinal plants we learned about was long and in this blog, I will not give away all the plants we learned about. That way you are enticed to come on a walk at Lost Dutchman State Park. Here are a few teasers for you.
If you have arthritis and see a Creosote Bush, then use the leaves to make tea. The leaves mixed with a lubricant is good to put on bug bites.
The Jojoba plant’s leaves are good for cuts and sores. There needs to be a male and a female plant to pollinate. The male plant has a cluster and the female plant has the nut.
While on our hike we saw invasive plants too. Here are a few that we learned about.
The Desert Mistletoe invades into another plant like the Pala Verde tree and gets into the DNA of the tree. Eventually, the Desert Mistletoe will kill the tree. Although this is not the Mistletoe seen in the stores during the holidays to “kiss” under, I still will grab Hunter and pull him under this invasive Desert Mistletoe and kiss him.
The Red Brome Grass was everywhere. Unfortunately I forgot to write down anything about the grass expect that it is invasive to the area.
Lost Dutchman State Park
Are you curious to learn more about the plants of the Sonoran Desert?
Maybe you would like to learn about which plants have medicinal qualities?
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Medicinal Plant Hike in Lost Dutchman State Park
Would you use a Desert Mistletoe as an excuse to kiss someone?