• Goldenseal
  • Black Cohosh
  • Laddy Slipper Orchid
  • Trillium

Species At-Risk

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For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities. Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these herbs. Rather, we are initiating programs designed to preserve these important wild medicinal plants.

“At Risk” List

“To Watch” List 

  • Arnica - Arnica spp.
  • Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
  • Cascara Sagrada - Frangula purshiana (Rhamnus)
  • Chaparro - Casatela emoryi
  • Elephant Tree - Bursera microphylla
  • Gentian - Gentiana spp.
  • Goldthread - Coptis spp.
  • Kava Kava - Piper methysticum (Hawaii only)
  • Lobelia - Lobelia spp.
  • Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum pendatum
  • Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum
  • Oregon Grape - Mahonia spp.
  • Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens
  • Pink Root - Spigelia marilandica
  • Pipsissewa - Chimaphila umbellata
  • Ramps - Allium tricoccum (recently added)
  • Spikenard - Aralia racemosa, A. californica
  • Stone Root - Collinsonia canadensis
  • Stream Orchid - Epipactis gigantea
  • Turkey Corn - Dicentra canadensis
  • White Sage - Salvia apiana
  • Wild Indigo - Baptisia tinctoria
  • Yerba Mansa - Anemopsis californica






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