Cattails are a one stop shop when it comes to useful plants. Not only are they abundant in our area, they also supply food and medicine. In addition they can be used for baskets, making shelters, lighting fires and more. Cattails are an essential survival plant with so many uses.
Roots, stem, young tops
Roots as poultice for burns and sores. Gel from plant stalks for burns.
Foraging Plant information list
This is not a complete list, this is a list of the species I have directly witnessed in my travels here in Northwest Ontario. If you find something before I do, email me and let me know.
Joe Pye Weed
Creeping Charlie (Ground Ivy)
Clover (Sweet White)
New England Aster
Saskatoon (Service berry)
Squashberry (Low bush Cranberry)
Tall whip like plant with a central stalk that caps with a sausage shaped body that matures from green to brown to fluff. Grows in standing water or very moist conditions. They are actually large grasses.
Where to look
Along roadsides in ditches, swampy areas, hollows where water accumulates.